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A month after the Grenfell blaze -


police release new footage from inside the tower as they


Specialist officers are going from floor to floor,


This staircase was the only way out for the residents.


All I can say is, please be patient, we are doing our utmost best for you


and we are working as hard as we can.


Engulfed by fire - the BBC's learnt that residents


were still being told to stay put in their flats almost two hours


Within 15 minutes, the whole building caught fire, you know,


We want support, where is the support.


Tonight tough questions for the new leader of the local council


We'll be looking at the state of community relations


President Trump calls the controversy surrounding his


son's meeting with a Russian lawyer the biggest witch-hunt


A State Banquet for Spain's King Felipe -


he says he's confident agreement can be reached over the


Andy Murray crashes out of Wimbledon and finally admits he has been


My hip has been sore for most of the event,


And coming up in Sportsday on BBC News:


Novak Djokovic couldn't even last to the end


An injured shoulder forced him to retire against Thomas Berdych.


Police have released new footage from inside Grenfell Tower -


a month after the fire that killed at least 80 people.


It shows officers climbing the blackened staircase -


which was the only way out for hundreds of people


BBC News has learnt that residents were still being told to stay put


in their flats until almost two hours after the fire broke out.


Tonight, at a public meeting, angry survivors confronted


the senior police officer investigating the fire -


Here's our special correspondent Lucy Manning.


Into Grenfell Tower and up the stairs. The narrow stairs. The only


escape route. And it was covered with black smoke. Bodies filled this


stair well. Now those identifying victims climb up, struggling for


breath. Many of the residents who were told to stay during the fire


didn't make it down these stairs. As the forensic work at Grenfell Tower


continues, slowly, new details are emerging about what those inside


were told on the night of the fire. The BBC has seen documents setting


out how the residents of Grenfell Tower were told to stay in their


flats until 2. 47am. The first 999 call was made at 6 minutes to 1. So


far an hour and 53 minutes those calling for help were told to stay


put. It took nearly two hours for the advice to change to evacuate.


These pictures from 40 minutes after the first emergency call show just


how high the flames had reached. An hour later it had engulfed the whole


tower. There is no doubt the firefighters were heroes, but the


fire policy for tower blocks was and still is to stay put. The stay put


advice is broadly sound. But clearly this was an unprecedented fire and


at some point it was obvious the advice needed to change. Whether it


should have been changed earlier I wouldn't want to speculate. For the


families still waiting for relatives to be identified, the information


that for nearly two hours the advice was to stay put is hard to divest.


This man's mum, sister, brother-in-law and their three


children lived on the 22nd floor. His man's uncle was on the top


floor. Does two hours sound like a long time? Of course. Like within 15


minutes the whole building caught fire. You know, after two hours,


it's too late. When after that time, the chances have dropped for them


and for everybody else. It is the most appalling... It's like as if...


You know you have taken away that chance. That chance. But when you


say stay in your house, you know, stay in your house, you know,


just... What can you say? What can you say? Firefighters did risk their


own lives to try to save others. The BBC understands 31 were injured.


Almost all from smoke inhalation. The London Fire Brigade said the


stay put policy would be for the inquiries to look at, but the advice


can change as the fire changes. This is a flat where everyone did escape.


But a month on debris is being sieved for remains. Only 34 victims


have been formally identified. I deeply understand the frustration


families have and the answers they wants. It is only natural. All I can


say is be patient, we are doing our utmost best for you. But with trust


in the authorities low, the new council leader's admission she has


never been in a high rise tower block won't help. I accept I haven't


been, I haven't been up a tower block, but I have been in a huge


number of hoers. Tonight she and the senior investigating officer faced a


tense atmosphere. He was shouted down with cries of, arrest someone.


The test of my investigation will be whether it is done properly. Not


quickly. Can you arrest somebody. Arrest somebody, make arrests.


Please, do your job, make arrests first. You haven't been listening


from the start and you're still not listening. A months on, and the


families want funerals and justice. Tonight hundreds of people attended


a vigil near Grenfell Tower Four weeks on - relations


between the survivors and the authorities


are still strained. Our Home Editor Mark Easton reports


on how the community has reacted A black nail hammered


in to London's conscience. Grenfell Tower demands


your attention. In its shadow, the faces


of the missing are everywhere. On trees and walls and bus shelters,


unblinking, it's hard More than 250 escaped


the tower that fateful night, but around 80 people


are missing or confirmed dead. Floor by floor, the names


and faces of all those They arrived at Grenfell


from all over the world, more than 20 countries represented


among the missing. Families with small children


who'd recently moved in, pensioners who lived in the block


for over 40 years. The fact that we still don't know


exactly who and how many died in this fire a month later tells us


something, I think, about society's relationship with the people


who lived in Grenfell. Some were perhaps happy to be


anonymous, but others were simply marginalised,


isolated and ignored. Only the most vulnerable


and desperate would have been eligible for a vacant flat


in the tower. Traditional council


housing like Grenfell has Fewer social homes were built last


year than at any time I mean, you look around,


it's actually a beautiful estate. Pilgrim Tucker tried to give


the residents of Grenfell a voice through her work as a housing


campaigner in the area. The fact that it's become so hard


to get good social housing now and that more and more it's only


the most vulnerable people who can qualify


for the kind of housing Should be available to everybody,


means that there is a section here of people who were really


disengaged, and I think that's a real shame and it shouldn't


necessarily be like that. The fire has burned through


the veneer of London life to reveal We have many invisible Londoners,


and I'm afraid there London mayor Sadiq Khan believes


the fire has exposed Their experience of politicians -


of all parties, by the way - local politicians and national


politicians, is them letting them down, is them making


promises they don't keep. More of us have got


to spend time there. More of us have got to walk


in the shoes of some The community has


had to be resilient. This is the boxing club that used


to meet in a gym at the bottom But a public fundraiser has meant


the local boys and girls are back in training,


in the corner of a nearby car park. It's harrowing, really that,


you know, we might never know some It's very, very, very sad and,


you know, I wouldn't have expected something like that,


actually, to happen in the 21st "In the heart of our great city,


people live a fundamentally different life, don't feel the state


works for them." The words of the Prime Minister


week after the fire. Along with a hope that its legacy


is that we never forget Mark Easton, BBC News,


North Kensington. The greatest witch-hunt


in political history - that's what Donald Trump has called


the controversy surrounding his son after it emerged he met a Russian


lawyer last year who was said to have information from the Kremlin


which would help his Today, the President


said his son had been open and transparent


and was innocent. Our Chief Correspondent


Gavin Hewitt reports. There is said to be frustration in


the White House over the publication of these e-mails on Russia. Groups


official trying to come up with a strategy to manage the crisis. The


risk is that this administration is seen to be paralysed by this, so


today, President Trump was tweeting, saying that his administration was


functioning in his words perfectly. Donald Trump's son out defending


himself after revelations from e-mails that last year he met


a Russian lawyer who he believed would offer him incriminating


information and Hillary Clinton. In retrospect, I probably would have


done things a little differently. Again, this is before the Russia


mania, this is before they were building it up


in the press. For me, this was


opposition research... In his interview, Donald Trump Jr


said he hadn't referred It was such a nothing,


there was nothing to tell. I mean, I wouldn't have even


remembered it until you start It was literally just a wasted 20


minutes, which was a shame. President Trump was quick


to praise his son's television So who are the key players involved


in the meeting last year? The initial approach


to Donald Trump Jr about a potential Russian meeting came


from Rob Goldstone, He helped schedule the appointment


with Natalia Veselnitskaya, Also in the room was Paul Manafort,


Trump's campaign manager, and Jared Kushner, Trump's


son-in-law - a clear sign they thought the meeting


would be significant. The email shows an intent


and a desire to have a foreign government interfere in the American


election of the president. Asking for that kind


of assistance, if that was that in and of itself


can be a crime. The White House has been active,


pointing out that there has been no illegality,


no law broken, no sensitive But that doesn't mean there are no


risks in all of this In this atmosphere of political


crisis, focus turned towards Capitol Hill


and the confirmation hearings He was asked whether he agreed with


the president that the investigation by Special Councel Mueller


into Russian meddling and lasted's Do you believe that,


in light of the Don Jnr e-mail and other allegations,


that this whole thing about Trump campaigning


in Russia is a witchhunt? Is that a fair description of what


we're all dealing with in America? Senator, I can't speak


to the basis of those comments. I can tell you that my experience


with Director Mueller... I'm asking you as the future FBI


director, did you consider this I do not consider Director Mueller


to be on a witchhunt. In an interview with the Christian


Broadcasting Network today, President Trump tried to refocus


attention back onto his latest legislative agenda and away


from the questions about Russia, So what do the President's


supporters make of the latest revelations about his campaign team


and the mounting questions Our Washington Correspondent,


Nick Bryant, has been to Nebraska, a state that voted for Mr Trump


in last year's election. In the rollicking ride


of the Trump presidency, you often wonder how long


he will stay on the horse. Every day seems to bring a new


wrestle in the mud - with the media, Congress, international leaders -


but here in Nebraska, a Trump state at the election,


there is still strong support for his presidency,


despite the attempts Are you happy with


the job he is doing? He is a good businessman


and that's what the country needs, to get the country


back out of there and get On the night that Donald


Trump Junior's bombshell e-mails were released, the pigs


were more agitated than the people. No-one we spoke to


at this County Fair was in the least bit concerned that


Team Trump might have been telling porkies about its contacts


with Russian figures. They echoed the White


House line that the The media's taken it


out of proportion. I haven't followed


it for a while now, I think it's just a farce spun


by the left, because they lost. What is noticeable


about coming to the heartland is that people aren't


glued to their smart They're not following this


presidency minute by minute, But you do get the sense that


some people feel that Donald Trump is fixated


by his problems, rather than theirs. That is the concern of the local


Republican Mayor, Josh Moenning. What I hear from people is less


tweeting and more doing. I think there is a kind of


bewilderment about the compulsion to tweet about everything and anything,


so I think people like to see him focus more on some


of his campaign promises. In America's fiercely patriotic


heartland, it seems anomalous that voters aren't concerned


about Russian meddling. But here they seem more


mistrustful of the media A brief look at some of the day's


other other news stories. A gay man has won a landmark ruling


at the Supreme Court which will give his husband the same


pension rights as a The ruling - in favour


of John Walker - could have a dramatic effect


on the entitlement of thousands of people in same sex marriages


or civil partnerships. Royal Bank of Scotland has been


fined more than ?3.5 billion by the US authorities


for its role in selling the risky mortgage products


that were at the centre Another fine, which could be even


bigger, is expected later this year. The boss of RBS - which is still 72%


owned by the Government - described today's settlement


as a "stark reminder" Unemployment has fallen


to its lowest level since 2005, down 64,000 to 1.49 million


in the three months to May. Figures out today also show earnings


rose by 2% year-on-year, that's slightly higher


than predicted, but still below The defending champion and world


number one was beaten in the quarter Tonight he finally admitted he had


been struggling with a hip injury. Our sports correspondent Joe Wilson


reports from Wimbledon. No player owns Centre Court,


but it's where Andy Murray In 2008, he reached his first


Wimbledon quarterfinal. But from feet, through hip,


to mind, we knew this By the end of today's


match, he looked empty. It started so well


against Sam Querrey. Murray broke him at


the first opportunity. That's a hungry


performance from Murray. Maybe if Murray had won the second


set, he could have got the match In the third set tie-break


we saw sheer endeavour. Murray scrambling, covering every


blade to get it back - But he could barely


compete in the fourth set. His mind was urging,


but his body wasn't responding. But Sam Querrey was getting


stronger by the second. In the fifth set, Murray kept


chasing, kept pursuing. And as he walked towards


the handshake, that limp seemed The whole tournament I've


been a little bit sore. But that's obviously disappointing,


to lose at Wimbledon, there was obviously


an opportunity there. To knock out the champion


is a fine achievement. But had Murray really


been in shape to defend? Today, he was half


the player he normally is. Towards the latter stage


of the match, it was sad to see him go out in that fashion because he's


a great, great player and he was


so desperate to play here. You could see the pain


he was in today and I felt Murray will rest, but


years take their toll. Novak Djokovic retired hurt midway


through his quarterfinal today. It all makes Roger


Federer extraordinary. His 100th Wimbledon match -


straight sets win and through And from a British perspective


there's still a big reason On this court, two little


words that mean so much. Her Centre Court


semifinal coming up. The European Union's chief Brexit


negotiator, Michel Barnier, has said that Britain must recognise


the existence of its financial Yesterday the Foreign Secretary,


Boris Johnson, suggested that the EU could "go whistle"


for what he described Today, Mr Barnier hit back saying


he couldn't hear any whistling - Our Europe correspondent


Damian Grammaticus reports. In Brussels today,


determination and frustration. The EU's chief Brexit


negotiator venting his what Boris Johnson said yesterday


about the money the UK owes. The sums that I have seen


that they propose to demand from this country seem to me to be


extortionate and I think to "go whistle" is an entirely


appropriate expression. That's because time to reach


a deal is slipping by. "It's not a ransom in any


way", said Mr Barnier. "It's not an exit bill,


a punishment, a revenge." Adding, "We have to settle


the accounts before we can discuss Another of Michel Barnier's


frustrations, he's produced nine publicly available documents


on these areas under negotiation, David Davis has produced one,


on citizens, so the EU side says it He knows that that


must be impossible... In the Commons today,


the Brexit Secretary sought But Emily Thornberry,


standing in for Jeremy Corbyn, What is the plan in the event


no deal is reached? On March 12th, he said


that there was a plan. On March the 17th,


he said that there wasn't. On May the 19th, he said he'd spent


half his time thinking about it. Yesterday, he said he wasn't


prepared to comment. Commenting today, standing


in for Theresa May, Damian Green said the plan is to get a deal,


but not one that punishes the UK. And we believe that it is not just


in the interests of Great Britain, but also in the interests


of the other member states of the European Union to reach


a deal with what is one Here in Brussels, it's


clear Michel Barnier He says he wants clarity and fast,


preferably by Monday, because that's when the real


hard negotiations begin. Damian Grammaticas,


BBC News, Brussels. The parents of the terminally ill


baby Charlie Gard will return to the High Court tomorrow


as their legal battle to allow him to be given an experimental


treatment continues. At the centre of that


case is the question, who decides what is in the best


interests of a desperately ill child, his parents or doctors,


and how far you should go In a completely separate case,


Branwen Jeffreys has been speaking to the mother of a seriously ill


10-year-old girl who is facing She contacted the BBC because she


wanted to tell her story. For ten years, Juliet has


cared for her daughter. All her life, Rose has been


in and out of hospital. She's blind, can't move,


her brain isn't fully developed. She's suffered frequent seizures


since she was a baby. It is so distressing to actually


watch, even though I've I've laid next her to see what's


happening and I can feel her body And I can only begin to imagine


what it would be like if that was me and how I would feel,


and if I can't say, There is no name for what causes


this, but she can hear There have been better times


but, earlier this year, Her mum now wants doctors


to consider if she should The best solution in my heart


would be that, if Rose is going to continue suffering


like she is suffering now, if her future is going to be very


limited quality of life, then the kindest thing we can do


right now is to withdraw things that are keeping her alive,


which is her medications, her fluids, because she's


now fed through a tube. Tube feeding has the same legal


status, it's counted It's a dilemma no


parent wants to face. How do you balance the right to life


against the fear that more treatment Quite simply, it's the child's


interests that have to be put first Juliet is Rose's main


carer as well as her mum, Doctors use guidelines to help


decide on a child's best interests. Every single case has to be looked


upon in terms of the quality of life It's something that people,


medical professionals and obviously parents and carers,


spend a lot of time thinking about and really


considering in depth. What about the need to protect


the life of every disabled child, to do everything we can to keep them


alive, to keep them well? This is not about the fact


that Rose is disabled. Whether she has the brain of a baby,


being in the wheelchair, being blind, none of


that is an issue. This is about the complexities


of her medical needs and the day-to-day suffering,


and the future potential suffering. Rose is being assessed by another


team of doctors to help future A state banquet has been held


at Buckingham Palace tonight for the visiting King


and Queen of Spain. This afternoon King Felipe addressed


both houses of parliament. He said he was confident the UK


and Spain can reach an agreement Our royal correspondent


Nicholas Witchell reports. A state banquet at Buckingham


Palace, where hospitality Tonight, one of the world's


oldest monarchs, Elizabeth of the United Kingdom,


accompanied one of its newest and tallest, Felipe


of Spain, to dinner. A lavish occasion,


but an opportunity for Britain to cultivate another important


European nation. The Queen didn't mention the word


Brexit in her speech. But she did dwell on the power


of the Anglo-Spanish connection. A relationship like ours,


founded on such great strengths and common interests, will ensure


that both our nations prosper, now and in the future,


whatever challenges arise. The state visit had begun


on Horse Guards Parade, with a greeting between two monarchs


who are distantly related - they're both descendants of Queen


Victoria. From Horse Guards to the carriage


ride up the Mall, one of the highlights for visitors,


something Donald Trump is keen And in this relaxed atmosphere,


business can be done and difficult In the case of Britain and Spain,


that means Gibraltar. Last year, King Felipe called it


a colonial anachronism. Today, in a speech at Westminster,


he was more tactful. But he did call for


a negotiated settlement. I am confident that,


through the necessary dialogue and effort,


our two governments will be able to work out towards arrangements


that are acceptable to all involved. To that, the British Government said


the sovereignty of Gibraltar A firm response, among the warm


words of a state visit. Nicholas Witchell, BBC


News, Buckingham Palace. This week, we've been reporting


on China's ambitious plan to recreate the famous Silk Road -


the ancient trading route It's thought it'll cost almost


a trillion pounds and involves a new rail link from China


to the UK, being paid It passes through countries


like the former Soviet republic of Kazakhstan,


amid growing concerns Our China editor Carrie Gracie


started out in Eastern China on her 7000 mile journey


along the New Silk Road. For two centuries,


Central Asia was Russia's backyard. Kazakhstan got its independence


when the Soviet Union collapsed. But Russian remained the language


of business - until now. This is China's new


Silk Road in action. The economy slowing back home,


state construction companies Master builder Xu Xiwen, delivering


a cutting-edge urban railway. TRANSLATION: China's advanced


technology is bringing convenience and more comfort and safety


to travellers in Kazakhstan. If this project goes well,


it will serve as a model for others. China says its plans


are for the benefit of all. But most jobs here will go


to Chinese workers, and the loan It's not just building


across Central Asia, China is buying into banks


and oil fields too. In one village, a kindergarten has


become a hostel for Chinese workers. Ardak Kubasheva complains


of pollution, and jobs TRANSLATION: The Chinese


have done nothing. There's a huge oil industry here,


but no jobs or facilities We want to live decently,


so that we won't be Government intimidation makes many


Kazakhs cautious on camera. But, privately, several


accused Chinese companies China says its presence


abroad is a win-win, a win for China and a win


for the people in its path. They say their oil wealth


is going elsewhere and that that "win-win" means China wins once,


and then China wins again. Back at Almaty's Zenkov Cathedral,


Dosym Satpaev says the nations of Central Asia are like billiard


balls in a game between the big China, I believe it


will be like some threat Because for China, Kazakhstan


is not an equal partner. For China, Kazakhstan only


is like one of the players, That game stretches far


beyond these mountains. But already it's changing lives,


shaping the destiny of young nations That almost it. Newsnight is coming


up on BBC Two. Tonight, we ask how many died in a


Grenfell Tower disaster and why do so many not believe the official


figures? We also confirm the first case of cyanide poisoning amongst


the survivors. Join me now on BBC Two.


Here on BBC One it's time for the news where you are.