Grenfell Tower pupils enjoy 'good day' as they collect exam results

Grenfell Tower pupils enjoy 'good day' as they collect exam results

Students from Kensington Aldridge Academy, at the foot of Grenfell Tower, were among those receiving their AS-level results on Thursday. Four pupils died in the fire in the London tower block in June, 50 were made homeless and the whole school has had to relocate. “It’s been tough for people,” says Kai Chappell, the school’s 17-year-old head boy. He was among about 100 Kensington Aldridge students picking up their results from a classroom in a…

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Grenfell Tower: Corporate manslaughter considered by police

Grenfell Tower: Corporate manslaughter considered by police

Police investigating the Grenfell Tower fire say they have “reasonable grounds” to suspect that corporate manslaughter offences may have been committed. It means senior executives from the council and the tenant management organisation that ran the block are likely to be interviewed under caution. A letter from the Met Police to residents said officers had “seized a huge amount of material”. At least 80 people died in the fire in North Kensington on 14 June….

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Grenfell Tower fire: New council leader heckled by public

Grenfell Tower fire: New council leader heckled by public

Media playback is unsupported on your device The newly elected leader of Kensington and Chelsea Council has been booed and heckled amid continuing anger over the Grenfell Tower fire. Protesters shouted “resign” and “shame on you” as Elizabeth Campbell was made council leader at a public meeting. The councillor said she was “deeply sorry” for the “grief and trauma” caused by the blaze in west London. The fractious meeting ended early after a female resident…

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Grenfell Tower 'stay put' advice lasted nearly two hours

Grenfell Tower 'stay put' advice lasted nearly two hours

Media playback is unsupported on your device Fire service advice to “stay put” inside Grenfell Tower during the fire which destroyed the building lasted nearly two hours, the BBC has learned. A change in policy recommending residents try to leave was made at 02:47 BST, one hour and 53 minutes after the first emergency call. At least 80 people are believed to be dead after the blaze on 14 June. London Fire Brigade said: “The…

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Grenfell Tower: Government sends in 'taskforce'

Grenfell Tower: Government sends in 'taskforce'

A taskforce will be sent in to take over parts of Kensington and Chelsea Council in the wake of the Grenfell Tower fire. The council has been heavily criticised for its handling of the disaster on 14 June that killed at least 80 people. Both the council leader and chief executive have resigned as a result. Now the government has ordered a taskforce to take over the housing department, as well as other council operations….

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Grenfell Tower fire: Government to 'keep eye' on council

Grenfell Tower fire: Government to 'keep eye' on council

The government will keep “a close eye” on Kensington and Chelsea council after its leader quit over the Grenfell Tower fire, the communities secretary says. Sajid Javid said it was “right” that Nicholas Paget-Brown stepped down and said the process to select a successor would be “independent of government”. London mayor Sadiq Khan has called for commissioners to take over the council. Earlier, a victims’ group said one resident had had rent deducted from their…

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Grenfell Tower fire: Sadiq Khan calls on PM to appoint commissioners

Grenfell Tower fire: Sadiq Khan calls on PM to appoint commissioners

London’s mayor has urged Theresa May to appoint commissioners to run Kensington and Chelsea council after its leader resigned over the Grenfell Tower fire. Sadiq Khan welcomed Nicholas Paget-Brown’s decision to stand down, but said public trust could not be restored by other members of the council. He said residents “quite rightly feel desperately neglected”. Mr Paget-Brown resigned on Friday, saying he had to “accept my share of responsibility for perceived failings”. At least 80…

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Grenfell Tower: Cladding 'changed to cheaper version'

Grenfell Tower: Cladding 'changed to cheaper version'

Cladding fitted to Grenfell Tower during its refurbishment was changed to a cheaper version, documents obtained by the BBC suggest. Documents show the zinc cladding originally proposed was replaced with an aluminium type, which was less fire resistant, saving nearly £300,000. The cladding is thought to have contributed to the spread of the fire that killed at least 80 people. Kensington and Chelsea Council insists fire safety was not compromised. It comes as the council’s…

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