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Presumed death toll in London tower blaze rises to 79

Presumed death toll in London tower blaze rises to 79

One of the burned-out apartments inside London's Grenfell Tower.

The shadow Brexit Secretary, who is also the former Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), revealed prosecutors were now part of the investigation.

Of the 58, he said 30 were confirmed dead.

"Equally, there may be people who thankfully may have managed to escape the fire and for whatever reason have not let their family or friends or police know", he said.

Speaking on the BBC's Andrew Marr Show he said: "I spoke to the DPP yesterday and there are prosecutors already in advising the police".

"Our criminal investigation will identify any criminal offences that have been committed".

"I've investigated major crime for most of my service, and I've seen some bad things". Khan added. "It's crucial as we get that as soon as possible".

"There are wider regulatory offences but I think manslaughter is the most serious and that's the one that needs to be looked at first".

"The obvious question to be asked is".

He said: "The investigation is a police investigation".




May later announced that the public inquiry looking into the tragedy will report directly to her, the AP said. Clement's Church near Grenfell Tower.

Gavin Barwell, former housing minister and now May's chief of staff after losing the recent election, came under focus for alleged inaction on an inquiry report into a similar fire in London.

Meanwhile, British Prime Minister Theresa May admitted that support for families in the "initial hours" was "not good enough".

Officials and UK Chancellor Philip Hammond have indicated that the external rain-screen cladding believed to be the cause of the rapid spread of the fire at the Grenfell Tower may have been banned under building regulations in the UK.

The number of missing or dead is expected to change, though police may not be able to identify everyone who died due to the intensity of the fire.

Police do not expect to find any survivors inside the 24-storey concrete tower, which contained 120 apartments.

Hands cautioned Sunday that investigators still don't know exactly what cladding was used when the building renovation was completed previous year.

"We naturally welcome funds for those in need, though this does show once more the tendency to sideline residents' views", the residents said in a statement, the paper reported.

David Lammy said Sunday he is anxious that documents will be quietly deleted and disposed of as police begin a search for evidence.

Minute's silence for Grenfell Tower victims is held in Dundee.The tribute is held for Grenfell Tower victims.


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