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Official London Grenfell fire toll at 79, say police

Official London Grenfell fire toll at 79, say police

A total of 58 people are presumed dead after the devastating fire in a London tower block, police chief Stuart Cundy told reporters on Saturday. Earlier the police figured the death toll at 30.

However, five people who were originally reported as missing have since been found safe and well.

The new number may change as the investigation continues, Cundy said.

"I would like to reassure everybody that we will be looking at all criminal offenses that may have been committed by any individual or any organization", said Cundy.

In a statement issued after the visit, Mrs May said: "Frankly, the support on the ground for families who needed help or basic information in the initial hours after this appalling disaster was not good enough".

A total of £202,000 of government money has been handed out to 180 families who were directly affected by the Grenfell Tower fire.

While the blaze has prompted an outpouring of generosity, with many people donating provisions and clothes, it has also unleashed rage at the authorities as the charred tower was cast as a deadly symbol of a deeply divided society. The tribute will take place after the flag raising for Armed Forces
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Members of emergency services work inside the burnt out remains of the Grenfell Tower in North Kensington, London, on June 18, 2017.

Ms Cotton added that it might be "some days yet" before firefighters could say they have reached everyone in the building. We must also prepare people for the bad reality that some people may not be identified due to the intensity of the fire.

"Until we do that, we can not look at anything other than staying with the same advice".

"At this stage, it is my grave concern that the families of Grenfell Tower will not get justice if documents are being quietly destroyed and shredded and emails are being deleted", Lammy (pictured below) further warned.

But a spokeswoman for the Prime Minister said: "We don't support proposals to seize private property".

Prime Minister Theresa May is chairing another meeting of the Grenfell Tower Recovery Task Force today, amid criticism from the opposition Labour party of the government's response to the tragedy.

The remnants of an exercise bike, an oven and washing machine point to the lives of residents in the moments before the blaze.