79 missing or presumed dead in the Grenfell Tower fire

79 missing or presumed dead in the Grenfell Tower fire

Police Commander Stuart Cundy gave the new figure during a statement outside Scotland Yard on Monday.

Cundy said there may have been other people in the tower who police are not aware of, and that could increase the death toll.

(AP Photo/Tim Ireland). People demonstrate demanding answers over the Grenfell Tower fire, in London, Friday June 16, 2017.

Mr Cundy said the police investigation into the blaze would look at the building and its refurbishment in 2016 and vowed to prosecute people “if there is evidence”.

The Home Office has assisted Alhajali’s family in “making arrangements for their travel to the UK” from Syria, and more than 85,000 people have signed a petition calling for his parents to be granted visas so they can attend his funeral.

The recovery operation at the burnt-out block of flats has resumed and could take weeks, Cundy explained and May said she expected to announce the name of the judge for a public inquiry within the next few days.

The mayor of London Sadiq Khan has said the Grenfell Tower disaster was a effect of years of neglect by politicians. Cundy said that authorities were continuing to investigate whether any crimes had been committed in the fire.

Controversy is also erupting over the Grenfell Tower’s exterior cladding, with two British ministers saying the cladding used in a recent renovation may have been banned under United Kingdom building regulations.

A British lawmaker has warned of a possible cover-up over the recent London tower fire, calling on Prime Minister Theresa May to quickly gather all available documents about the incident before they are deliberately “destroyed”.

Fire had ripped through the 24-storey residential block in north Kensington in the early hours of June 13, trapping hundreds of people inside.

The British government Sunday scrambled to contain political fallout from the London high-rise inferno that has claimed at least 58 lives as officials focused on building materials that may have spread the fire quickly.

King also said that there are around 4,000 tower blocks in the United Kingdom without automatic fire sprinkler protection systems in place.

There has been a public outcry at the government’s initial failure to provide up-to-the minute information.

Scuffles broke out near the building, with demonstrators chanting “we want justice!” as they surged toward the doors.

“We have been from the top to the bottom of Grenfell Tower“.

Clement’s Church on Friday – one of several sites near the tower that offered clothes, food, and toiletries to victims and their loved ones – she was heckled with shouts of “Coward!“.

Two nearby Underground lines were partially shut down Saturday in the fire area to make sure that debris did not land on the tracks. Numerous displaced are living in churches and community centres.