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The police investigation and search and recovery operations are continuing at the site of the Grenfell Tower tragedy.

The official figure is currently 79 for the number of people dead or missing and presumed dead, after the fire in North Kensington on Wednesday (June 14).

Police believe the figure will rise further.

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Harrow Council pledges to help support residents affected by disaster

Harrow Council is taking part in a cross-London effort to support the residents of Kensington and Chelsea borough following the Grenfell Tower tragedy.

The team from a wide variety of boroughs is leading on recovery and response and also includes central government, the British Red Cross, Metropolitan Police and London Fire Brigade.

Councils across London‎ are contributing significant resources to make sure humanitarian assistance is available to all those affected.

Donations came in huge numbers following the fire
Donations came in huge numbers following the fire (Photo: Jack Taylor / Getty Images)

Harrow social workers are among those involved in the effort to manage and staff the Community Assistance Centre, providing mental health and wellbeing support and help and guidance on housing and temporary accommodation.

Harrow is also providing support at Grenfell Tower itself, with its chief executive on site at the tower, working on recovery and remediation with leading building control experts.

A council spokesperson said:

“They are constantly assessing the safety and stability of the building following the tragic fire and considering the condition of its structure as emergency services continue their work in and around the Tower.


“We would like to thank our residents for already contributing so much to the effort to support our fellow Londoners in need.”

Dozens of blocks contain fire 'risks'

Getwestlondon found that firefighters in London had formally raised safety concerns about dozens of blocks of flats around the capital - before the Grenfell Tower disaster.

Read the full story here.

MP blasts co-ordination of response as 'appalling'

The newly-elected MP for Kensington has slammed the co-ordination of the response to the Grenfell Tower fire as “appalling”.

Emma Dent Coad said people were still “running around like headless chickens” as she called for more ways of “communicating what is going on because I don’t know”.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn visits the scene of the Grenfell Tower fire with new Labour MP for Kensington, Emma Dent Coad
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn visits the scene of the Grenfell Tower fire with new Labour MP for Kensington, Emma Dent Coad (Photo: Getty Images Europe)

Speaking to BBC Radio 4’s World At One programme, Ms Dent Coad said some survivors were too scared to come forward.

“I’ve been hearing countless reports (that) people are sleeping rough - despicable after what they’ve been through.

“And some of them may just be worried their papers are going through or they haven’t had papers, whatever it may be.

“A lot of people are concerned about benefit - if they are getting lump sums of money if that’s going to affect their benefits; we’ve had that confirmed this morning that that’s not going to have any effect at all.

“How we get the word out about that is another matter altogether, because even I as their MP going round the streets have people pleading to me for help - I still don’t have the contacts that I need to point people in the right direction.”

She said there needed to be “better communication” of what is going on in “countless different ways” because the “word is not getting out there”.

Kensington MP Emma Dent Coad addresses the huge crowd at a rally for Grenfell Tower
Kensington MP Emma Dent Coad addresses the huge crowd at a rally for Grenfell Tower

The Queen leads minute's silence at Royal Ascot

The Royal family observe a minutes silence in honour of the recent tragedies in the UK
The Royal family observe a minutes silence in honour of the recent tragedies in the UK (Photo: PA)

The Queen has led Royal Ascot racegoers and her family in observing a minute’s silence in memory of the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire and London and Manchester terror attacks.
With her head bowed and her hands clasped in front of her, the Queen joined tens of thousands of punters paying their respects.
The minute’s silence was introduced by an announcer who told the racecourse it was a “mark of respect for the victims and families so tragically affected by recent events in the United Kingdom”.

Fifth victim named as Khadija Khalloufi

Khadija Khalloufi is the fifth victim to have been named, after Scotland Yard announced the death toll had risen to 79.

Khadija Khalloufi, 52, is the fifth person to be named as having died in the Grenfell Tower fire
Khadija Khalloufi, 52, is the fifth person to be named as having died in the Grenfell Tower fire (Photo: PA)

The 52-year-old woman, who lived in Grenfell Tower, had not been seen since the huge blaze destroyed the 24-storey tower block.

Her identification comes after Scotland Yard also named residents Ya-Haddy Sisi Saye, also known as Khadija Saye, 24, Abufars Ibrahim, 39, Anthony Disson, 65, and Mohammad Alhajali, 23, as among the victims.

Those in hospital could take weeks or months to recover

Medics treating those affected by the Grenfell Tower fire heard harrowing stories of how people managed to escape, a senior doctor has said.
Duncan Bew, clinical director of the major trauma centre at King’s College Hospital, said some of his patients had clung to banisters to feel their way down 20 flights of stairs after fearing they were about to die.
Others had tried to save other families on their way towards the tower’s exit.

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 14: In this image taken by eyewitness Gurbuz Binici, a huge fire engulfs the 24 story Grenfell Tower in Latimer Road, West London in the early hours of this morning on June ...

King’s initially received 12 patients following last week’s fire. It is still treating seven people, five of whom remain in critical care.
Mr Bew said some patients still in hospital face a long recovery of weeks and possibly months.
A number of people are being kept deliberately unconscious to help them recover from the effects of smoke inhalation.
Mr Bew said King’s declared a major incident shortly after it became aware of the fire and had potentially been expecting “hundreds” of patients.

“We knew there were lots of flats and that many of these were multi-occupancy,” he said.

“We thought this might escalate from a major incident to a mass casualty event, with us receiving hundreds of patients.”

He said staff expected to see a range of injuries, including burns, smoke inhalation and “people falling from a height, from jumping from windows.”
Medics were also mindful of the potential for cyanide poisoning from old furniture going up in flames.
Most of those arriving at hospital were conscious and were a mixture of men, women and children, he said.
Almost all were suffering the effects of smoke inhalation, with very few having burns.

Firefighters first reaction to burning 'inferno tower' caught on camera

Sky News tweeted a video showing the shocked reactions of firefighters as they made their way to the blaze.

MP blasts local authority as 'despicable' over treatment of survivors

MP David Lammy, who tragically lost a friend, Khadija Saye in the blaze, has hit out at how survivors are being treated.

He took to Twitter claiming survivors who do not want to be housed miles away from their community are being threatened with being classified as ‘intentionally homeless’ - but the council have swiftly denied these claims.

Kensington and Chelsea council deny the claims

A Council spokesman said:

“This is not true.

“Everyone is being offered temporary accommodation pending a permanent rehousing offer.

“Nobody has been offered accommodation outside of central London and we are aiming to place people as locally as possible.”

Firefighters speak of surprise after Adele turns up with gifts

Chelsea Fire Station manager Ben King said:

“She just turned up at the station and knocked on the window and said she has some cakes for us.

“So we opened the door to her and then she took her sunglasses off and said: ‘Hi, I’m Adele.’

“Everyone was so shocked,” he said.

“She came in, came up to the mess and had a cup of tea with the watch and then she joined us for the minute’s silence.

“We have had so much support from the local community and we cannot thank everyone enough.”

Rob Petty posted the photographs of the singer wearing a summer dress, smiling with the firefighters, on Facebook.
“Not everyday the wonderfully grounded and caring Adele pops into Chelsea Firestation for a cup of tea and a cuddle x”, he wrote.

'Cuppa tea and a cuddle' Adele in fits of giggles as she visits firefighters
'Cuppa tea and a cuddle' Adele in fits of giggles as she visits firefighters (Photo: London Fire Brigade)

“She was so nice. She was going around talking to people.

“She tried to keep it on the low but I shouted ‘Adele!’ and she said ‘no, it’s not me’. It was about 1am, she came with her husband.

“She didn’t have any security with her, it was a bit surprising. She wasn’t hiding her face.”

Update on those still in hospital

NHS England has said that 14 people are still being treated in London hospitals, of whom eight remain in critical care.
Five critical care patients are being treated at King’s College Hospital.

Heart-wrenching pictures show firefighters moved to tears

London Fire Brigade firefighters attended a moving minute’s silence and viewed tributes at the scene

A firefighter views tributes after observing a minute's silence at Latymer Community Centre, near to Grenfell Tower
A firefighter views tributes after observing a minute's silence at Latymer Community Centre, near to Grenfell Tower (Photo: PA)
A firefighter views tributes after observing a minute's silence at Latymer Community Centre, near to Grenfell Tower
A firefighter views tributes after observing a minute's silence at Latymer Community Centre, near to Grenfell Tower (Photo: PA)
A firefighter views tributes after observing a minute's silence at Latymer Community Centre, near to Grenfell Tower
A firefighter views tributes after observing a minute's silence at Latymer Community Centre, near to Grenfell Tower (Photo: PA)
A firefighter views tributes after observing a minute's silence at Latymer Community Centre, near to Grenfell Tower
A firefighter views tributes after observing a minute's silence at Latymer Community Centre, near to Grenfell Tower (Photo: PA)

Chelsea fire station visited by celebrity guest

Amongst all the sadness and mourning, the firefighters caught a tea break - with a very special visitor.

Pop star Adele popped by for a cuppa tea and a cuddle to cheer up LFB staff.

'Cuppa tea and a cuddle' Adele in fits of giggles as she visits firefighters
'Cuppa tea and a cuddle' Adele in fits of giggles as she visits firefighters (Photo: London Fire Brigade)

Footage shows 'awful reality' of fire

London Fire Brigade, London Ambulance Service and the Metropolitan Police are continuing their “painstaking task” to locate and recover all those in Grenfell Tower.

Commander Stuart Cundy, of the Metropolitan Police, said:

“We have been able to send those teams through the whole building from the top to bottom.

“On Saturday I was in there myself, I went all the way to the top floor and it’s incredibly hard to describe the devastation suffered in some parts of the building.

“That is why we have taken the step of issuing the material yesterday to help people understand the complexity of this work and why it will take so long. I’m grateful to the occupants of the flat that let us share those images.

“It is an awful reality that some people may not be identified due to the intensity of the fire.”

Adele visits firefighters

She’s a good’un is Adele.

Police confirm names of four victims

Police yesterday named four victims from the Grenfell Tower fire. They are 24-year-old artist Ya-Haddy Sisi Saye, also known as Khadija Saye, who getwestlondon has paid tribute to.

Abufars Ebrahim, aged 39 and a 52-year-old were also formally identified, although the woman’s family requested she not be named publicly at this time.

A 65-year-old man named Anthony Disson is also confirmed as having died in the fire, which has claimed at least 79 lives.

Mr Disson lived in Grenfell Tower
Mr Disson lived in Grenfell Tower (Photo: Tony leaves behind a large family, his wife, sons and grandchildren)

Five people found 'safe and well'

More on the news then that the Metropolitan Police is trying to track people down with links to the tower, and that they have located five people who were feared dead.

Commander Stuart Cundy, of the Metropolitan Police, said:

“As our understanding of the tragedy becomes clear, there may be people who were in Grenfell Tower on the night who people, such as families and others, did not know were in there on the night and they have died.

“Equally there may be people who were in there that we believe are missing that did escape but for whatever reason have not let it be known that they’re safe and well, so again I would appeal to them directly.

“I don’t care about the reasons why you haven’t told us you are safe, please contact the Casualty Bureau or contact your family, your friends and tell them you’re safe and well.

“There are also those who we have been told have connections to Grenfell Tower who may have been there that night and we were doing our utmost over the weekend, and we continue today, to locate them to make sure that they are safe and well. That’s less about people we know were there on the night and is about people who have friends in Grenfell Tower who we may have received a call about, but we don’t know for certain that they were there on the night.

“Significant efforts are now being made to trace all those people to ensure we know that they are safe and well.

“What is important to myself, and all of us, is to find everyone who is inside the building and return them to their loved ones.

“Thankfully, due to all the work we have been doing over the last few days, we have located five people who we feared dead and are in fact safe and well.”

Police offering support

Police are now doing their best to support people who have been affected by the fire.

Commander Stuart Cundy, of the Metropolitan Police, said:

“I have specially trained family liaison officers that are supporting all those families affected at this truly difficult time.

“The terrible reality of the fire that night means that we are supporting some people who may have lost a number of members of their family on that night.

“We will give them every possible support at this truly difficult time. Clearly, our family liaison officers will be doing that with the utmost compassion and dignity.

“However - what I must stress is that the figure of 79 may change and it may change for a number of reasons.

“Based on what I know today I do not expect that to be in such numbers as we have seen over the last few days.”

Fundraising efforts continue

We’re still running our fundraising page to help people affected by the tragic Grenfell Tower fire. If you can afford to, please donate to the page here.

Grenfell Tower block fire collage
Grenfell Tower block fire

Current death toll

Sadly, the death toll of those caught up in the fire rose yesterday.

Commander Stuart Cundy, of the Metropolitan Police, has said:

“Over the course of the last 48 hours there’s been a huge amount of effort undertaken by our investigators to understand as completely as we possibly can just how many people this is directly affecting and how many people are missing who were in Grenfell Tower that night. As I’ve said before, I have to presume if people are missing that they are dead.

“This is a hugely complex situation and as I have said from the very start I must be as accurate as possible when I update you, and I want to do that as soon as I can.

“I cannot imagine the distress and suffering that not knowing what has happened to your loved one is causing and I completely understand the desire for answers that families, those for whom Grenfell Tower was home and the local community have.

“Sadly, what I can say now is that as a result of all our efforts we believe - as of 08:00hrs this morning - that 79 people are either dead or missing and sadly we must presume them dead following the fire at Grenfell Tower.

“Of those 79 - five have people have been formally identified. “

Good morning

Hope you’re well today. We’re going to be bringing you all of the latest updates on Grenfell Tower throughout today as police make efforts to trace anyone with connections to the tower who may have been there on the night of the fire.