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Grenfell Tower victim identified

ONE OF the victims who died as a result of the Grenfell Tower fire has now been formally identified as 52-year-old Mary Mendy.

Mary Mendy was the mother of fellow victim and daughter, Khadija Saye.

Wendy's sister, Betty Jackson said in a statement on behalf of the family:

"My beloved sister, words can never describe the pain of losing you. I can't believe you are gone. You were a wonderful sister, an incredible aunt, the best mother any child could have wished for. You were an amazing friend to all those who knew you.

Grenfell: The aftermath for these individuals

WHEN TRAIL-blazing pan-Africanist Frantz Fanon authored his masterpiece 'The Wretched of the Earth' he could have been writing about the poor souls who perished in Grenfell Tower.

Looking at their haunting faces on the scores of makeshift posters dotted around the Latimer Road district of west London, it was clear to see most of the more than 100 missing, now presumed dead, were Africans, Asians and Arabs. Their names suggested many were Muslims.

Grenfell Tower fundraiser axed over bashment music race row

A FUNDRAISER for Grenfell Tower victims has been postponed after the venue objected to bashment music being played, claiming it would attract a “poor quality demographic”.

Trapeze Bar in Shoreditch was due to host the night on June 29 with the aim of raising £1,000 for those affected by the disaster, but organisers Haqiqi Events say they had no choice but to cancel the event when the bar’s general manager objected to “crap” trap and bashment music being played.

"Even strong black women cry," Diane Abbott tells supporters

SUPPORTERS OF Diane Abbott, the first black female MP to be elected to Parliament, came together last Thursday to show her some love.

During the recent election campaign, Ms Abbott was the subject of widespread criticism following "car crash" radio and TV appearances on LBC and Sky.

The mother-of-one was then scheduled to give an interview on Radio 4's Woman's Hour, however, dropped out due 'health reasons' and was replaced by Shadow Foreign Secretary Emily Thornberry.

Grenfell: Police say 'search and recovery' could take months

SPEAKING AT New Scotland Yard earlier this morning, Detective Superintendent Fiona McCormack who is overseeing the investigation into the fire at Grenfell Tower, said:

"We are now over a week into our investigation following the tragic fire at Grenfell Tower.

"I can confirm that as we continue to work to clarify the numbers of people missing and presumed dead, the number [79] has not risen since the start of the week. However, I do expect the number to change for a number of reasons that we have already explained.

Young black man dies days after being arrested in London

A YOUNG black man has died just days after he was detained by police. Family of Edir Frederico Da Costa, known as Edson, allege he was ‘brutally beaten’ and left in a coma following a police stop in east London.

Edson’s relatives say the extent of his injuries were shocking and he was left with a fractured skull and a ruptured bladder among other injuries.

The police watchdog has launched an investigation after the 25-year-old died soon after being detained by police in Woodcocks, Beckton, in Newham at around 10pm on Thursday June 15.

London 'one of the greenest cities in the UK,' study claims

LONDON IS one of the top 4 greenest cities in the UK despite its ongoing battle against toxic air pollution, a study suggests.

Published by Britain’s Real ‘Green & Pleasant’ project, their research suggests that despite air quality concerns the city is still ranked fourth in a list of green cities in Britain.

The study, commissioned by property website Good Move, analysed the carbon emissions, recycling levels and energy consumption in ten major British cities.

Dawn Butler MP launches a new cross-party group

DAWN BUTLER, LABOUR MP for Brent Central and shadow minister for diverse communities, has officially launched the Parliamentary Black Caucus, a new cross-party group which will include Members of the House of Commons and House of Lords.

Ms Butler has established the caucus hot off the heels of attending the London Conversations last week, a high-profile discussion and networking event at- tended by prominent individuals from the United States and across the globe.

Grenfell: Birmingham City Council to modify tower blocks

BIRMINGHAM CITY Council’s residential tower blocks are to be fitted with sprinkler systems and other fire suppression measures following the Grenfell Tower tragedy in London, where 79 people are known to have died.

City Council leader John Clancy has confirmed that the council will as a matter of urgency look at the 213 blocks of flats it owns to assess what work needs to be undertaken to reassure tenants that their homes are safe.

Cllr Clancy said he was prepared to find up to an estimated £31 million to retro-fit measures which reduce the risk of fire and help tenants to feel safer.

Grenfell: MP David Lammy and coalition on next steps

TOTTENHAM LABOUR MP David Lammy is stepping-up the pressure for victims from the Grenfell Tower block fire to receive justice by calling on the police and Prime Minister Theresa May to move swiftly to gather information that can be used in a public inquiry before it is lost.

The clamour for the Grenfell Tower fire victims to receive justice is intensifying following a week of protests which saw angry residents take to the streets in the aftermath of the huge fire which destroyed the 24-floor storey block of flats in north-west London on June 14.