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Stars of British art world donate works for Grenfell fire survivors

LONDON (Reuters) – A group of Britain’s most successful contemporary artists has donated valuable works to sell at a charity auction for the survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire, which killed about 80 people at a London social housing block in June. Home to a close-knit, multi-ethnic community, the 24-storey tower in a deprived housing estate was reduced to a charred ruin by the inferno that engulfed it in the middle of the night. Many survivors have yet to be rehoused and are still living in hotels. The charity auction, ...

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Grenfell Tower: Safety cash not released, councils say

The government has not released funds to make tower blocks safe following the Grenfell Tower fire, according to some councils. Several local authorities in England and Wales say funding requests for refurbishments such as new cladding and sprinkler systems are not being met. Jane Urquhart, from Nottingham City Council, said some works were regarded as “additional rather than essential”. The government said it had asked councils for more detailed proposals. Police believe at least 80 people died when fire engulfed Grenfell Tower in North Kensington, west London in the early ...

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Grenfell death toll 'may be below 80'

The number of people who died in the Grenfell Tower fire may be a little lower than the previous estimate of 80, police have said. The police say the estimate “may come down a little bit” because of some potential cases of fraud. In the initial weeks following the fire, police were unwilling to speculate on the final death toll. That left some convinced that the eventual figure would be much higher than officially confirmed. The Metropolitan Police, in a briefing, said 60 of the estimated 80 people killed have ...

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Grenfell Tower fire: First public inquiry hearing to open

A public inquiry into the Grenfell Tower fire, which killed at least 80 people in June, officially opens later. It will examine the cause and spread of the fire, high-rise regulations, and the actions of the local authority. The head of the investigation, judge Sir Martin Moore-Bick, will give a 45-minute statement which will be watched by residents and victims. No evidence will be heard on the first day of the hearing, and an interim report is expected by Easter. The fire in the 24-storey tower block in North Kensington, ...

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Grenfell fire chief calls for sprinklers in tower blocks

London’s fire commissioner says the Grenfell Tower blaze must be a “turning point”, calling for sprinklers in all high rise council flats. At least 80 people died when fire engulfed the west London block in June. A BBC Breakfast investigation which focused on half the UK’s council and housing association-owned tower blocks found that just 2% have full sprinkler systems. Of those, 68% have just one staircase through which to evacuate. A public inquiry will look at the causes of the fire, the adequacy of high-rise regulations, Grenfell Tower’s refurbishment, ...

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Grenfell Tower pupils enjoy 'good day' as they collect exam results

Students from Kensington Aldridge Academy, at the foot of Grenfell Tower, were among those receiving their AS-level results on Thursday. Four pupils died in the fire in the London tower block in June, 50 were made homeless and the whole school has had to relocate. “It’s been tough for people,” says Kai Chappell, the school’s 17-year-old head boy. He was among about 100 Kensington Aldridge students picking up their results from a classroom in a nearby primary school. But after the trauma of the past few months, results day was ...

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Grenfell fire: Inquiry to examine council actions

The actions of Kensington and Chelsea Council are to be considered in the Grenfell Tower fire inquiry, the government has announced. It will also look at the adequacy of regulations, the tower’s recent refurbishment, and the response of authorities in the blaze’s aftermath. It comes after the judge heading the inquiry previously said its scope could be much more limited. Broader questions on social housing will not be in its terms of reference. However, Prime Minister Theresa May said she was “determined” these questions would not be left “unanswered” and ...

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Grenfell Tower: Sixty blocks 'fail new fire test'

Cladding and insulation used in at least 60 tower blocks has failed a new fire safety test, the BBC understands. The test was more thorough than previous checks after the Grenfell Tower fire, which just examined cladding from high-rise buildings. The new test checked the cladding in combination with the foam insulation that was used in Grenfell. That combination is used in at least 60 other blocks. Only nine – in Salford – have been indentified so far. The Department for Communities and Local Government will publish its full findings ...

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Grenfell Tower: Corporate manslaughter considered by police

Police investigating the Grenfell Tower fire say they have “reasonable grounds” to suspect that corporate manslaughter offences may have been committed. It means senior executives from the council and the tenant management organisation that ran the block are likely to be interviewed under caution. A letter from the Met Police to residents said officers had “seized a huge amount of material”. At least 80 people died in the fire in North Kensington on 14 June. The relevant section of the letter says Met Police officers have “seized a huge amount ...

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Grenfell Tower fire: New council leader heckled by public

Media playback is unsupported on your device The newly elected leader of Kensington and Chelsea Council has been booed and heckled amid continuing anger over the Grenfell Tower fire. Protesters shouted “resign” and “shame on you” as Elizabeth Campbell was made council leader at a public meeting. The councillor said she was “deeply sorry” for the “grief and trauma” caused by the blaze in west London. The fractious meeting ended early after a female resident fell to the ground and was attended to by medics. About 70 of the 255 ...

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