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A month after the Grenfell fire police release new footage


from inside the tower block as the search for victims goes on.


Officers are going from floor to floor, sifting through the debris.


This staircase was the only way out for those trapped by fire.


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.


The BBC has learned a residents were still being told to stay put in


their flat is almost two hours after the fire broke out.


Within 15 minutes the whole building caught fire -


Only 34 victims have been formally identified so far


and police say it will take months to search the whole flats.


The gay man who's won a landmark ruling which will give his husband


the same pension rights as a wife, and could affect many others.


President Trump calls the controversy surrounding his


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


Andy Murray crashes out of the quarterfinals at Wimbledon and


finally admits he was injured. My hip has been sought for most of the


event. Yeah, it was just a little bit too sore today and I was


obviously struggling a bit on serve. Coming up in Sportsday, we will be


rounding up all of the Wimbledon rounds from the championships.


Good evening and welcome to the BBC News at 6.


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


So far only 34 victims have been officially identified.


Today ten more inquests were opened at Westminster Coroner's Court.


It comes as more questions were asked about why residents


were still being advised to stay put until almost two hours after


Here's our special correspondent Lucy Manning.


Into Grenfell Tower, and up the stairs.


The narrow stairs - the only escape route,


Now those identifying victims climb up, struggling for breath.


Many of the residents who were told to stay during the fire didn't


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 six minutes to one and that means


for one hour and 53 minutes, those who were calling for help


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's 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 clear that the advice needed to change - whether it should


have been changed earlier, I wouldn't want to speculate


on that, but the inquiry clearly needs to look at it.


For the families still waiting for relatives to be


identified, the information that for nearly two hours the advice


This man's mother, sister, brother-in-law and


their three children lived on the 22nd floor.


And this man's uncle was on the top floor.


Two hours - does that sound like a long time?


Within 15 minutes the whole building caught fire.


After that time, the chances have dropped for them and


It's like as if, you know, you're taking away that chance.


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


Firefighters did risk their own lives to try to save others.


The BBC understands 31 were injured, almost


The London Fire Brigade said the stay put policy


would be for the public and police inquiries to look at,


but the advice given can change as the fire


This was a flat where everyone did escape, but a month on


debris in the tower is now being looked at for remains.


Only 34 victims have been formally identified.


I deeply understand the frustration the families have,


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


But with trust in the authorities low, the new council


leader's admission that she's never been in a high-rise tower block


Yeah, I accept I might not have been up a tower block,


but I have been in a huge amount of other people's houses and flats,


A month on, the families want to bury their


relatives, and they want those responsible arrested.


Our home editor Mark Easton joins me now. A month on and still so many


unanswered questions? Yes, four weeks on. Today we had a political


debate on Grenfell in the Commons and the talk was all about cladding,


fire safety regulations, and who would pay for improvements like


sprinklers, local or central government? But we also had ten more


inquests of those who have been formally identified, from their DNA


or dental records. Two things are happening right now. One is about


safety, and the other is about people, and I think the unsettling


fact that one month on we still don't know who and how many people


exactly died in that fire... For Government ministers I think there


are difficult questions about Whitehall's responsibilities on the


safety side, but also the responsibility of all politicians to


do more, to listen to people who live in places like Grenfell. Let


the legacy of this awful tragedy be that we resolve never to forget


those people. These are not my words but the words of the Prime Minister


and the Labour mayor Siddique Khan has said something similar. Across


the political spectrum I think there is a recognition that Grenfell poses


profound questions actually for our whole society. Mark Easton, thank


you. 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 could have a dramatic


effect on the entitlement of thousands of people in same-sex


marriages or civil partnerships. Victory after an 11-year


legal battle. John Walker worked for the company


Innospec for 23 years, paying Victory for basic


fairness and decency... Civil partnerships became


legal in December 2005. Shortly after, Mr Walker and his


long-term partner entered into one. They are now married, but Innospec,


relying on an exemption in the Equality Act,


refused to take account of his pension contributions before


that date, dramatically reducing the pension Mr Walker's


husband would receive. The highest court in the land


found that an anomaly. If Mr Walker married


a woman, even after his retirement, indeed even now,


she would be entitled to a pension. The court ruled that EU equality law


trumped any British exemption. Mr Walker's husband will be entitled


to a spouse's pension on Mr Walker's death,


provided of course that It would be the same with anybody,


whether it is a heterosexual couple or a same-sex couple -


someone you love, that person, you want to make sure is looked


after as long as they are alive. I'm older than him,


therefore statistically the chances are that


I will die before him. I wanted to ensure


he was looked after. The effect of today's


ruling is massive. It doesn't just affect John Walker -


it affects everyone who is in a civil partnership


or same-sex marriage and that is whether they are paying


into an occupational pension scheme with a private employer


or within the public sector. Supporters were thrilled,


but the human rights group Liberty, which supported John Walker,


sees a possible storm It is only EU law that


allowed him to win today. So obviously what Mr Walker wants


to know and what Liberty want to know is what is going to happen


to these rights when we leave The Government says it's


reviewing the ruling. John Walker is happy that equality


at the heart of civil partnerships and same-sex marriage has finally


caught up with pensions, and there The defending champion and world


number one was beaten in the quarter quarter-finals by the


American Sam Querry. Throughout the championships


there've been continuing questions about Murray's fitness -


and problems with his hip. Our sports correspondent Joe Wilson


reports from Wimbledon. No player owned 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 at the


first opportunity. That is a hungry performance from


Murray. Murray was bossing


the second set, too. And Querrey suddenly


has an opportunity. Inspired, he won three games


in a row, and from nowhere Well, he said there was no point


in calling a trainer. In the third set tie-break,


we saw sheer endeavour. Murray scrambling, covering every


blade to get it back. And hoping his opponent


might do this... But he could barely


compete in the fourth set. His mind was urging,


but his body wasn't responding. Nervousness gripped the crowd,


but Sam Querrey was getting In the fifth set Querrey kept


moving and reaching, kept Murray chasing in a way that


seemed almost cruel. And Murray tried, he


pursued, but it was gone. Murray lost the final set


6-1, and as he walked towards the handshake,


that limp seemed more The whole tournament I've been


a little bit sore, but, you know, So, you know, I'm proud


about that but it is obviously You know, at Wimbledon there


is obviously an opportunity there, To knock out the champion


is a fine achievement, but along with everyone watching,


I wondered if Murray had Obviously he didn't want


to relinquish his crown too easily. But today he was half


the player that he normally is, towards the latter


stage of the match. And it was sad to see him go


out in that fashion. Because, you know, he's a great,


great player and he was so desperate to play here, and you could see


the pain he was in today. But all those years of effort


and excellence take their toll. August 28th is the day to have in


mind, the day the US Open starts. Andy Murray has said today he is


aiming for more majors, but also has said he is doing everything he can


really to manage the wear and tear on his body. This is an issue for


all the top players in fact in the last few minutes on Court number


one, Novak Djokovic has just retired, hurt, in his quarterfinal,


so his opponent was there. Still, he did manage to be two set up at the


age of 35. Some words to cheer us up in the meantime, Johanna Konta


tomorrow. STUDIO: Thank you for that, from


Wimbledon. The greatest witchhunt


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. Donald Trump's son has been


out defending himself. After revelations that he met


a Russian lawyer who he believed had incriminating information on 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 that 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. 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 White House has been active,


pointing out that there has been no illegality and no law broken and no


sensitive information exchanged. But that doesn't mean there are no


risks in all of this The meeting in and of itself may not


be illegal, but it's got a lot of hallmarks


of a criminal conspiracy. In this atmosphere of political


crisis, focus turned towards Capitol Hill


and the confirmation hearings His predecessor had been


fired by Donald Trump. An issue today,


the FBI's independence. I pledge to be the leader


that the FBI deserves. The proposed FBI director seemed


to contradict President from today, saying that the probe


into whether Russia meddled into last year's American election


was not a witchhunt. Questions are being asked about how


the White House is coping with this, there have been reports of the


president is paralysed and the White House paralysed and he is spending


lots of time watching cable TV, but today he hit back at that, saying


the White House was functioning perfectly. He had no time to watch


TV. But there is a sense in this town of an administration under


siege. STUDIO: Thanks for joining us.


A month after the Grenfell fire - police release new footage


from inside the tower block as the painstaking search


And still to come all the pomp and ceremony


Coming up in Wimbledon sports day, more reaction to Andy Murray's


quarterfinal exit and use of a fifth stage victory for Marcel Kittel at


the Tour de France -- news of. 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 abroad continues. At the very centre of the case


is the question of how far you should go to keep a terminally


ill child alive? In a 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's so distressing to actually


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


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


what it will be like if that was me And if I can't say,


"This really hurts". There's no name for what causes


this but she can hear There have been better times,


but earlier this year Her mother now wants


doctors to consider 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. Rose is on various medications, tube


feeding has the same legal status. It is counted as


life-sustaining treatment. It is 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 mother, Doctors use guidelines to help


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


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


medical professionals and 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


or in a wheelchair being blind, 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 decisions


about what's best for her. Unemployment has fallen


to its lowest level since 2005. It dropped by 64,000 to 1.49 million


in the three months to May. Figures out today also said that


earnings, excluding bonuses, rose by 2% year-on-year,


slightly higher than expected, The Royal Bank of Scotland has


agreed to pay nearly ?4 billion to the US authorities


for its role in selling A separate deal with


the Department of Justice The mortgages - which had been


repackaged as investment products, later proved to be worthless


when the financial crisis hit. A huge iceberg has just broken


away from Antarctica. The giant block is estimated to


cover more than 2000 square miles. Experts are not blaming


global warming, though, they say it's normal behaviour


for ice sheets. 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 feelings, first on this, what Boris Johnson said yesterday


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


they've proposed 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, 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 negotiations, David Davis has produced


one, on citizens, so the EU side doesn't


know what the UK wants. In the Commons today,


the Brexit secretary sought to laugh it all off, but Emily Thornbury,


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


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


that there was a plan, on March the On May the 19th


he said he spent half And yesterday he said that 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 interest 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 But here in Brussels


it is clear Michel Barnier He says he wants clarity and fast,


preferably by Monday, because that is when the real


hard negotiations begin. Damian Grammaticus,


BBC News, Brussels. The King of Spain has told


parliament he's confident the UK and Spain can reach an agreement


over the future of Gibraltar. King Felipe and Queen Letizia


of Spain have begun a three day It's being seen by the government


as an opportunity to forge closer ties with Spain as the UK prepares


to leave the European Union. Our royal correspondent


Nicholas Witchell reports. A state visit is pageantry


with a purpose. High-end hospitality with a strong


dose of interstate diplomacy. Greeting the King of Spain


as if he were family. Both are descendants


of Queen Victoria. So, too, is the Duke of Edinburgh,


who escorted King Felipe as they This supposedly is the Duke's last


appearance at a state visit before he steps back from public life


in the autumn. From Horse Guards to the mall,


and a carriage ride escorted But behind all the ceremony,


there is serious business. And a state visit creates a mood


in which friendships can be deepened and difficult messages can be made


without giving offence. Between Britain and Spain there


is one intractable issue, Gibraltar. Last year King Felipe called it


a colonial anachronism. Today he told parliamentarians


at Westminster it was time to seek I'm confident that through


the necessary dialogue and effort, our two governments will be able


to work out towards arrangements Tonight at the Palace,


the State banquet. There will be speeches by the Queen,


and another by King Felipe. As Brexit approaches,


Britain wants closer ties That, for Britain, is the subtext


of this state visit. Nicholas Witchell, BBC News,


at Buckingham Palace. Time for a look at the weather


here's Chris Fawkes. Over the last 24 hours parts of


southern England have seen over half a month's worth of rain and we have


some dangerous driving conditions first thing this morning, this was


in Twickenham, but the rain cleared very quickly. This is spectacular.


This is Cumbria, barely a cloud. Those scenes were repeated around


the country, plenty of sunshine. Clear skies overnight will allow


temperatures to fall away free quickly. -- very quickly. In the


countryside it will be cold enough for some pockets of ground frost and


it will be a chilly start to Thursday, but we have the area of


high pressure still, the Atlantic front is quite skinny and that will


come in late in the day. Fine weather in the morning and for the


most part it is dry with sunshine, but cloud will bubble up through the


afternoon and that will provide the focus of showers in England and


Wales. Some of these could be quite heavy, but they will stay away from


East Anglia and south-eastern and where it is forecast to stay dry.


Northern Ireland will have a skinny band of rain. Similar picture in the


western Scotland, with the weather going downhill, but late in the day,


and they will be sunshine before that. And if you showers in the


north-east. At Wimbledon, there won't be any further upsets in terms


of the weather, sunny spells for the rest of the tournament. Temperatures


into the low 20s. Friday, more cloud, but still dry weather and


sunny spells, and laid on the day we have another Atlantic front


approaching the north-west and this will bring a band of rain and cloud,


the rain spreads overnight, leaving a legacy of cloudy skies for the


start of the weekend and a you showers in the North West but it


could become warm and humid in the south-west if we have sunshine


coming through the crowd.