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Grenfell Tower: what we know so far

DISASTER: Grenfell Tower

- THE POLICE have confirmed that at least 30 people have been killed in the Grenfell Tower fire. Met Police commander said the death toll is likely to rise.

- More than 70 people remain unaccounted for according to residents, poster and social media appeals. The Met cannot confirm the number of missing people.

- NHS England said 24 people are still being treated in hospitals across London, of whom 12 remain in critical care. One of 30 known victims died in hospital.

- The first two victims to be identified were artist Khadija Saye and Syrian engineering student Mohammed Alhajali, 24.

- Theresa May has visited some of the victims of fire at a private meeting at Kensington and Chelsea hospital, after being widely criticised on Thursday for leaving the scene of the fire without meeting residents.


Queen Elizabeth II speaking with residents of Grenfell Tower

- The Queen and the Duke of Cambridge visited community leaders, volunteers and some of the survivors at Westway Sports Centre.

- Boris Johnson has accused Labour of “outrageous politicking” over the fire. Writing on Facebook he said: “there has sadly been some political game playing about the terrible fire in London.”

- Concerns are growing about whether residents will be rehoused locally. Kensington and Chelsea council said survivors may have to be rehoused in other council areas, but later claimed this statement was wrong.

- A vigil for the victims is being planned this evening around Grenfell Tower. A Justice for Grenfell! protest will also take place outside the Department for Communities and Local Government in Marsham Street.

- Scotland Yard has launched a criminal investigation into the fire after it emerged that cladding panels similar to those likely to have been used on the tower block have been widely prohibited on tall buildings in the US since 2012.

- Material used in the cladding that covered the Grenfell Tower was the cheaper, more flammable version of the two available options.

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