London fire: Kensington council chief quits over Grenfell tragedy

London fire: Kensington council chief quits over Grenfell tragedy

The chief executive of Kensington and Chelsea council has resigned amid criticism over the borough’s response to the Grenfell Tower fire. Nicholas Holgate said Local Government Secretary Sajid Javid asked for him to go – this is denied by the government. Mr Holgate said last week’s fire in North Kensington, in which at least 79 people died, was “heart-breaking” but his presence would be a “distraction”. Residents had condemned the initial relief effort as “absolute…

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London fire: Flats acquired for Grenfell Tower survivors

London fire: Flats acquired for Grenfell Tower survivors

Sixty-eight social housing flats in Kensington, London, are to be made available to survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire, the government has said. The one, two and three-bedroom flats are located in two blocks that stand alongside a large luxury development, where private homes go for up to £8.5m. At least 79 people died and many more were left homeless after fire engulfed the North Kensington tower a week ago. PM Theresa May has apologised…

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London fire: Sadiq Khan says tragedy caused by years of neglect

London fire: Sadiq Khan says tragedy caused by years of neglect

Media playback is unsupported on your device The Grenfell Tower fire was a “preventable accident” caused by “years of neglect” by the local council and successive governments, Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has said. After attending a service for victims, Mr Khan said the fire was a national disaster requiring a national response. Kensington and Chelsea Council’s leader said officials had been working “around the clock” since the fire on Wednesday. The government says all…

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London fire: Stars gather to record charity single

London fire: Stars gather to record charity single

Stars including Emeli Sande, Pixie Lott, and Stormzy have gathered to record a Grenfell Tower charity single. The cover of Simon and Garfunkel’s hit Bridge Over Troubled Water was organised by Simon Cowell. Other stars including Rita Ora and Leona Lewis recorded parts for the song on Saturday. Sande said: “It’s really inspiring to see people come together. It gives you hope in humanity.” ‘It’s an honour’ Cowell, who lives in the same London borough…

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London fire: 58 missing, presumed dead – police

London fire: 58 missing, presumed dead – police

A total of 58 people are dead or missing, presumed dead following the devastating fire at Grenfell Tower in west London, police have said. Commander Stuart Cundy said that number “may increase”. The BBC understands it could be around 70 people in total. The recovery operation at the burnt-out block of flats has resumed and could take weeks, he said. Meanwhile, PM Theresa May admitted support for families in the “initial hours” was “not good…

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London fire: Some victims will be kept unconscious for days

London fire: Some victims will be kept unconscious for days

Hospital doctors are keeping some casualties from the Grenfell Tower fire unconscious for several days to allow them to recover from the effects of smoke inhalation. Doctors are currently treating 24 casualties in four hospitals: 12 are in a critical condition. All are said to be suffering from damage to the throat, lungs and airways caused by breathing in smoke. This is the major priority for doctors, rather than external burns. In fact, the BBC…

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London fire: Queen and Prince William visit Grenfell Tower centre

London fire: Queen and Prince William visit Grenfell Tower centre

The Queen and Prince William are visiting a relief centre helping victims of the Grenfell Tower fire. Their visit to the Westway Sports Centre comes after police say some of those killed in the fire at the west London flats may never be identified. The BBC understands that at present there could be as many as 76 people missing as a result of the blaze. Seventeen people are known to have died but that figure…

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London fire: Prime minister orders full public inquiry

London fire: Prime minister orders full public inquiry

Media playback is unsupported on your device Prime Minister Theresa May has ordered a full public inquiry into the fire that engulfed a west London block of flats, killing at least 17 people. That figure is expected to rise, as fire chiefs do not expect to find any more survivors in the burnt-out Grenfell Tower in North Kensington. The PM said people “deserve answers” as to why the fire spread so rapidly. The first victim…

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