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Protesters storm Kensington Town Hall as anger grows

The police said six victims had been provisionally identified, adding that they were still unable to estimate the number of people missing.

"We wait to see what action will come from it, but they were reassured that they were listened to". British media have reported that contractors installed a cheaper, less flame-resistant type of exterior paneling on the 24-story tower in a renovation that was completed just a year ago.

Mrs May said the public inquiry into the fire will take place "as soon as possible" and insisted the Government had acted on previous warnings about tower block safety by a coroner.

"As we do everything we can to help them, we will make sure they have the counselling and emotional support they need in the hard days, weeks and years ahead".

"Contractor says that he met all the fire safety standards but the questions are going to be, which kind of siding was used and what were the risks?"

He said police would consider criminal prosecutions if there is evidence of wrongdoing and that the police investigation would include scrutiny of the renovation project at the tower, which experts believe may have left the building more vulnerable to a catastrophic blaze.

However rumours have been circulating that the official death toll is much higher amid accusations of a cover-up by the authorities.

Commander Stuart Cundy said they had been able to remove the remains of only 12 victims from the building.

When asked about the search, Mr Cundy replied that the officers had gone "all the way to the top" of the tower, and explained that the first phase was a visual search.

British Prime Minister Theresa May was rushed away under heavy police guard yesterday as protesters shouted "Shame on you" after she met residents who live near a tower block in London where at least 30 people died in a fire.

The meeting lasted more than two hours Saturday but the group did not speak to reporters gathered outside.

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.

May said after the meeting Saturday that there have been "huge frustrations" in the community as people tried to get information. "We have been trodden on by people who say they are there to protect us". A solemn Elizabeth and her husband Prince Philip held a minute of silence for the fire victims at the start of the procession Saturday.

A speech given on Thursday near the tower by London Mayor Sadiq Khan was interrupted by hecklers, who said that the fire "could have been prevented".

The 91-year-old monarch said it is "difficult to escape a very somber mood" on what is normally a day of celebration.

The fire at the 24-story building has led to community anger and protests over the British government's response.

She has promised those left homeless by the blaze would be rehoused locally within weeks, and the 5 million pound fund would pay for emergency supplies, food, clothes and other costs.

Housing minister Alok Sharma also confirmed that working with the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, the government would guarantee every family from Grenfell Tower would be rehoused in the local area.



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