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After the devastating fire at Grenfell Tower and the heartbreak and anger in the days that followed, churches are due to hold services of reflection on Sunday (June 18) morning.

Fifty-eight people are dead or are missing presumed dead, including the 30 which are officially confirmed to have died.

At 58 casualties, it would make the Grenfell Tower blaze the deadliest in the capital since World War Two.

The fire broke out just before 1am on Wednesday (June 14) morning, ripping through the 27-storey block in North Kensington in less than an hour.

Believed to have been home to some 500 people, 24 storeys of the 1970s block contained flats.

Sixteen bodies have been taken to the mortuary while 14 more have been recovered from the block.

People look at tributes and light candles at Notting Hill Methodist Church near Grenfell Tower in west London

The official cause of the fire is under investigation by the London Fire Brigade while the Metropolitan Police probes whether any criminal activity was involved.

Protesters have taken to the streets of London to voice their disdain for the "lack of communication" and concerns about the survivors being rehoused.

Churches held reflection services on Sunday morning.

We'll bring you live updates on our blog.

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Coverage resumes on Monday morning

We’ll be closing our live blog for now. Here is the latest picture of memorials forming near the tower, which is now a shrine to loved ones lost or missing.

We will bring you the latest updates as the new week begins on Monday.

Thank you.

A shrine close to Grenfell Tower, showing pictures of those missing
A shrine close to Grenfell Tower, showing pictures of those missing (Image: PA)

What is the official number of dead and missing?

The official number of people confirmed dead - or missing and presumed dead - is 58.

But to end speculation, we’ve explained why it is much lower than people think.

Anger follows 'years of neglect' says London's Mayor

Anger in the aftermath of the Grenfell Tower fire comes after “years of neglect” by council and Government, London’s mayor said, adding that stories of grief and heroism from the blaze will stay with him forever.
Sadiq Khan spent more than two hours at St Clement’s Church in west London on Sunday, as a service remembered victims of the disaster.
He said it was “humbling” to attend before meeting with many members of the congregation as well as other people who turned up to speak to him.
Vowing to be the “champion of the people”, he said lessons must be learned from the tragedy, which is feared to have claimed the lives of at least 58 people.

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan and his wife Saadiya Khan arrive for a service at St Clements Church, near to Grenfell Tower
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan and his wife Saadiya Khan arrive for a service at St Clements Church, near to Grenfell Tower (Image: PA)

Speaking outside after the service, which he attended with his wife Saadiya, he said people are “angry not simply at the poor response in the days afterwards from the council and the Government, but the years of neglect from the council and successive governments”.
He described a feeling among people that they have been treated badly and not understood by the council because some of them are “poor, some may come from deprived backgrounds, some may be asylum seekers and refugees”.
Families who have lost their homes must be supported, grieving people must be helped and it must not be “so hard” for those who need help to find it, he said.
He added:

“As the mayor of London, I will do my bit to be the advocate, to be the fighter, and to be the champion of these people.”

“I’ve spent time with the local community, not just the Christian congregation, but members of all faiths here at the church, grieving, sharing their stories.

“And I’ve got to say some of the stories that I’ve heard will stay with me forever.

“I’ve heard stories of heroism, from Christians, from Muslims and from others, looking after their brothers and sisters, their neighbours and doing the job that we expect from this brilliant community because of the fantastic community that is here in this part of London.”

Criminal investigation will examine if breach took place over 'banned' cladding

Cladding used on Grenfell Tower which has been blamed for spreading the blaze is banned in Britain, Philip Hammond has said.

The Chancellor said a criminal investigation would examine whether building regulations had been breached when the block was overhauled just last year.

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Father's Day cards left near Grenfell Tower

Heartbreaking Father’s Day cards have been left near Latymer Community Church, surrounded by floral tributes.

Father's Day cards have been left outside Latymer Community Church near to Grenfell Tower in west London after a fire engulfed the 24-storey building on Wednesday morning. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. ...

Father's Day cards have been left outside Latymer Community Church near to Grenfell Tower in west London after a fire engulfed the 24-storey building on Wednesday morning. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. ...

Sadiq Khan attends ceremony

Home Office to help Grenfell victim's family to travel to UK

The Home Office is now going to help the family of Grenfell fire victim Mohammad Alhajali so they can travel to UK from Syria for his funeral.

More than 78,000 people had signed a petition calling for his parents to be granted visas for the UK so they could attend his funeral.

Undated handout photo issued by the Metropolitan Police of Mohammad Alhajali who has now been formally identified as one of the victims who perished in the Grenfell Tower fire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Ph...

On Saturday (June 17) a Home Office spokesman said:

“We made contact with Mr Alhajali’s family yesterday and assisted them in making arrangements for their travel to the UK in these terribly sad circumstances.”

Hammond believes cladding is banned

According to chancellor Phillip Hammond, who spoke to BBC’s Andrew Marr, the cladding used at Grenfell Tower was banned in the UK.

My understanding is that the cladding in question, this flammable cladding which is banned in Europe and the US, is also banned here. That’s my understanding.

Hymns heard at scene

Hymns heard at the base of Grenfell Tower this morning as a service is held in Notting Hill.

Church services held

A time for mourning and prayer across west London this morning.

Fifty-eight people thought to have died

Fifty-eight people are believed to have died in the fire.

Currently, the official death toll remains at 30, but police have confirmed that 58 people, who were reported as being inside the tower at the time of the fire, are assumed to have died. That includes the 30 people already confirmed.

Family liaison officers have now been deployed to support 52 families.

'It is on our watch'

Eve Allison, a Conservative who sits on Kensington and Chelsea Borough Council, told BBC Breakfast it would have been “ideal” if the refurbishment works had looked at updating both the outside and the inside of the building.

She said: “The mood is sombre and the community continue to do what we can. The danger is when hope starts to fade, and from hope then what you’ll find is despair.

“It is on our watch, it’s our responsibility, we do have a duty of care to all our residents and whatever findings and failings come out, they have to come out soon because all the community, the victims, the families, people need answers.

“All too often we’re a little bit too concerned with how the immediate streetscape looks, how a building fits into other buildings, does it detract from the immediate streetscape.

“I was not involved with the actual planning of the recent refurbishment. From what I’m hearing, it would have been ideal if part of the refurbishment package had looked at actually trying to gentrify inside, not just outside.”

Good morning west London

Good morning! Today we’ll be bringing you more live updates in the aftermath of the horrific Grenfell Tower fire.

Churches across the capital will be hosting services of reflection and we will be bringing you updates as we get them.