Protesters storm town hall as anger grows over London fire

Monday, 19 Jun, 2017

Furious residents heckled Prime Minister Theresa May and stormed the local authority headquarters on June 16, 2017, demanding justice for the victims of the Grenfell Tower disaster which left at least 30 people dead.

"How many children died?"

"Whilst I sincerely hope that our work over the coming days means that we (will be) able to say that less people are confirmed as having died, I also have to consider the sad reality that this may rise", Metropolitan Police Cmdr. They say their complaints were ignored - and fear it was because the tower was full of poor people in a hugely wealthy neighbourhood.

The new exterior cladding used in a renovation on London's Grenfell Tower may have been banned under United Kingdom building regulations, two British ministers say as police continue their investigation into the inferno that killed at least 58 people.

"Someone needs to be held accountable!" people shouted at London Mayor Sadiq Khan when he visited on Thursday to pay his respects.

A day after the deadly incident, Housing Minister Alok Sharma told MPs the government "will guarantee that every single family from Grenfell Tower will be re-housed in the local area". Protesters are anxious that councilors will dispatch homeless residents far from their communities.

"It is criminal to wrap homes in flammable plastic", read another sign after it emerged that cladding installed on the exterior walls of the tower as part of refurbishment was officially graded as not fire-resistant.

But the Conservative leader of the local council, Nick Paget-Brown, said he and others had been working hard.

The announcement comes as the government is accused of failing to improve fire safety in buildings, like Grenfell Tower, despite warnings.

Before the interview, the Prime Minister met the group of victims, residents, volunteers and community leaders at St Clement's Church close to the scene of the horrific blaze shortly before 5pm.

She met with injured survivors in hospital on Friday, visiting Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, which is treating eight people.

Yesterday, the first victim of the fire was named as 23- year-old Syrian refugee Mohammed Alhajali. "People have lost their lives, people have had their homes destroyed, they have fled for their lives with absolutely nothing".

It was fitted by a company called Harley Facades, which has put out a statement following Wednesday's blaze saying: "We are not aware of any link between the fire and the exterior cladding of the tower".

The group past year completed a 10 million pound ($12.8 million) renovation that included new outside insulating panels, double-glazed windows and a communal heating system.

It is believed that contractors chose the cheaper, more combustible version for Grenfell, which has a polyethylene core and is known as PE.

Earlier, the police launched a criminal inquiry into the Grenfell Tower fire incident after it emerged that cladding, used on Grenfell Tower is banned in the U.S., and that it would have cost just 5,000 pounds extra for the contractors to apply a fire-resistant version of panelling to the building, according to a report by the Independent.