Theresa May has visited Grenfell Tower to observe the utter devastation first hand.

The Prime Minster made a private visit to the North Kensington block on Thursday (June 15) morning where she spoke to emergency services at the foot of the tower.

Fire ripped through the 27-storey block - 24 storeys of which contain up to 130 flats - on Wednesday (June 14).

Seventeen people have so far been confirmed dead, although that figure is still expected to rise.

Many more people are unaccounted for and London Ambulance Service has confirmed that 37 people remain in hospital, 17 of those in a critical condition.

Scores of others were treated for injuries in hospitals across London.

Speculation the fire was able to spread through the newly-installed cladding continued on Thursday morning, though the developer behind the 2016 refurbishment, Rydon, insisted its work "met all required building control, fire regulation and health and safety standards".

Theresa May speaks to members of the fire service as she visits Grenfell Tower on June 15

In a statement on Wednesday, Mrs May said: "My thoughts are with the victims, their families and all of those who had their homes destroyed.

"It’s impossible to comprehend the horror of what they’ve been going through."

Mrs May added: "The response of people living nearby who have provided help, compassion and support has I think, once again, shown the fantastic spirit of London."

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