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


coming through the crowd. The Mayor's warns the government -


our city isn t properly prepared for a terror attack bigger


than London Bridge or Westminster. His comments come four weeks


on from the Grenfell tragedy. He wants more resources


for the Fire Brigade. Also tonight: I don't


want to burst out crying We reveal the concerns of residents


as they ask a fire expert to check just how safe their tower block


in south London is. You'll have zero minutes


between the fire starting in one Safety under the spotlight -


we talk to the fire brigade about the changes needed to prevent


another Grenfell. I am at a boxing club which was in


the Grenfell Tower and destroyed there, but like the people of West


London, it is finding its feet and fighting on.


First tonight, the Mayor says London is not properly prepared


In a letter to the Home Secretary, seen by BBC London, Sadiq Khan gives


a stark warning to the government that it's taking them "too long


to recognise the scale of the threat we face".


He also raises concerns about whether London Fire Brigade


has enough resources after the Grenfell disaster.


Our Political Correspondent, Karl Mercer joins me now.


You have been following developments on this. Yes, you will remember at


the end of last week, we were talking because we had learned that


the Met was going to write this letter to the Home Secretary. At the


time, we thought it would just be about resources for the Fire


Brigades. -- the Mayor was going to write. So we ran a story last week.


Today, I have seen the letter which was sent by the Mayor to the Home


Secretary, Amber Rudd, yesterday, and it goes a lot further. It


actually talks not just about resources for the Firebird resources


for the police, as you were saying, and business concerns about what


London would do if there were to be a bigger terrorist attack. -- raises


concerns. And if it was to be a multiple attack across many areas


and raises concerns about whether London could cope with another three


months like the last we have had. In March, the terror attack on


Westminster Bridge that left five dead. Then at the start of June,


eight more innocent victims murdered by terrorists in an attack on


Borough market. Within days, the fire at Grenfell Tower, which


claimed at least 80 lives, and shortly afterwards, another man


killed in a terror attack in Finsbury Park. The emergency


response to all four has been widely praised, but today comes a warning


from the Mayor. He has written to the Home Secretary, raising concerns


about how the capital would cope if there were to be larger scare


terrorist attacks. This is how the Mets prepares for so-called


marauding terrorist firearms attacks. But the Mayor is worried it


may not be enough and the Government is not doing enough to keep London


safe. His letter says: We shall be letter to Kenny March


from the Met Police Federation, which represents officers. It always


concerns me when you have different parties, political parties, pointing


to each other, but I think this is relevant because he is in charge of


us and he is asking a question because ultimately he wants to be


able to say, "My police can go out there keep the streets safe." I'm


not sure at the moment, should we have another major incident, we


could do that. The letter goes even further. It also asked the


Government for ?6 million for new equipment for the Fire Brigade to


help tackle high-rise fires. Of course, there are issues about


needing equipment, aerial lifting equipment and drones and other


specialist equipment that we need. Technology has moved on in relation


to the ability of the Fire Service to do their job. We have to make


sure they have the tools they need to keep people safe. No ministers


well available for interview tonight. We were told instead: We


will respond to the letter in due course.


The shock and sorrow felt by the community immediately


after the tragedy has taken a long time to make sense of.


People living and working in North Kensington tell us they're


now trying to rebuild, and find their own ways to cope.


Tarah Welsh has been back to the area to find out how people


she met four weeks ago are getting on.


As the ink fades, so does the hope that was here. How does a community


begin to recover from such loss? I have got friends that are missing


still, friends that have been confirmed to have passed away. This


was once wasteland. Now a community hope it will be a lasting tribute.


There is a personal level for me so I am coming here to express my


emotion and my anger and my sadness and whatever emotions that are still


trapped within me. It is good to express them creatively and that is


the idea of this whole area here. In the shadow of Grenfell Tower, this


has become a place of reflection, a space for people to express


themselves and ask questions. Livingstone lost two friends in the


tower. Really tough. They need to just listen to what the people are


trying to say. Everybody would still be going about their daily business.


It is hard. I can feel what they are going through. All faiths have been


helping here till. There is a constant flow of food. But the needs


are changing. The number of people coming to collect items like clothes


and toiletries and things has come down a great deal, but the help has


changed now from material help or even financial help to more


counselling and emotional support. From day one, donations came


flooding in. Hundreds of volunteers offered to help. There was a real


sense of community here. And it is just as strong today. If you become


emotionally attached, it becomes urgent almost and instinctive. You


are present, you are here with those. And it has been a real joy to


mucking with the community and do what you can do in the absence of


the Council, in the absence of those who should be in our place doing so


as well. We are hearing consistently that there are people and families


who have not accessed NHS services for fear of possibly being reported


to the Home Office for being asked about their immigration status. So


they are not actually getting the help that they need. People are


likely to need help here for generations to come. For some living


here, trying to make life a little brighter for those in such darkness.


Well, a boxing gym that was on one of the lower floors of the Tower


A club that helped produced a string of champions.


It's now reopened a short distance away in Ladbrook Grove.


So many who use it have been touched by what's happened?


Yes, Olympic gold medallist and also the world champion trained here and


hundreds of people have at this boxing club which was on the first


floor of Grenfell Tower. It was completely destroyed. The legend who


is behind the boxing club is Mick Delaney. If I can just interrupt you


here. When you heard about the fire, this club is being used are as


before the fire started. How did you feel? Well, I just could not believe


it, to be honest. I was there at 9:35pm the night before, training


with the boys. I got a phone call at 5am, saying that the whole building


and everything is gutted and flames everywhere. It is terrible. Even


now, for weeks on, it is still not sunk in. And you have been to the


funeral of someone who was caught up in it. I was at a funeral last week,


one of the lads who we knew well. They used to coming to the gym and


help out. Tidy the gem up, whether he was training. And just drastic,


like. And you're certainly kept on going, which is great news. Let me


speak to someone else. Marianne, a Ph.D. Student from Imperial College,


boxing here regularly. You have been coming here for about two years.


You're not letting the fire and the devastation get in the way of your


training. Why not? Well, we are a very strong community here and it is


a big part of our lives, so we are not going to let ourselves suffer


just because of the fire. That is very typical of the community here.


Yes, everyone sticks together here. Everyone wants to do the best for


the victims. Everyone just wants to get on. I will let you carry on with


your training. Let me now, if I dare, get into the ring and avoid


these guys because there is someone I want to speak to. If I could just


stop you here. If I could just bring you over here now. You are 15 years


old and training here. Again, you're kept on coming despite the fire a


month ago. Dell is why it is so important for you to be here. There


are champions of through this gym. There is a big expectation for us as


boxers to step through the doors and bring the best we can. So they are


an inspiration for you and you don't think something like a fire which


has devastated the area is going to stop you from coming. No, not really


because I love boxing. I just do this day in and day out because it


is my job. People ask why I come and I say I am a boxer. Great respect


you're getting from the people here. They keep coming. All the time. They


are good kids. We do a lot of work with them. Carry on. You can see


from here the spirit that is that the boxing club, the fighting spirit


that is so prevalent in North Kensington continues and I am sure


that is what will get this place back honestly very quickly. Back to


you. Absolutely. And great to see. Well, after the tragedy many


councils began doing safety Tonight, a fire safety expert has


told us he believes four other His view - a fire could spread


throughout the building The council says it already knows


about the problems - Residents at a meeting last night.


Many of them angry and scared. If there is a fire, they are trained to


evacuate us. People are scared. I am not going to burst out crying but I


just don't feel safe. The reason people live in these four blocks are


so concerned can be seen on every other landing. A total of 28 fire


wardens brought in by Southwark council just over a week ago on the


advice of the Fire Brigade. Such is the apparent risk of any fire


spreading. They are now on duty 20 47 to ensure these blocks can be


evacuated immediately, should any fire started. We filmed inside, as a


fire safety expert invited in by some residents inspected some flats.


And his conclusion is that the cracking visible on some walls and


ceilings constitutes a major fire risk. This will mean that fire can


spread rapidly from flat to flat within a matter of seconds. He also


found a gap in a ceiling and holes in a floor by a gas pipe and


believes fire could spread rapidly by this route. You have zero minutes


between a fire starting in one flat and getting into the next. This man


removed some samples of the filler used in some of these gaps and then


took him outside to see if they burned. They did. Southwark Council


says there are no surprises in any of the points made by this fire


safety expert. They are matters the council has been dealing with for


years and the Fire Brigade is happy with its measures to protect


tenants. But following the events at Grenfell Tower, many here are no


longer feel safe. If there is a fire, it will basically spread like


wildfire. This tenant doesn't have much faith in the fire wardens. We


caught one napping and she claims it has happened before. I have been out


there at 8am in the morning to take our son to school and they are out


there asleep. Southwark Council says any issue raised about fire marshals


will be addressed and a spokesperson added, "I want to reassure all


residents that their safety is our highest priority and that they are


safe in their homes." The check-in we have been doing on this building


is in conjunction with London Fire Brigade and the leading authorities


on fire safety and construction." But at the end of the meeting last


night with councillors and their experts, some residents were not


convinced. I feel more confused now than I did when I went in there. How


are we safe if they haven't even finished their investigation? The


council says all safety issues are being addressed properly.


Whilst there has been widespread praise for the immense bravery


of our firefighters - Londoners tell us they feel


conflicted about what to do in the event of another


On the one hand they're told to stay put -


but after Grenfell their instinct is to leave.


A question Marc Ashdown put to the Director of Operations


at London Fire Brigade, Tom George.


Well, firstly, it is worth saying the Grenfell Tower was an


unprecedented incident and are advice to residents living in tower


blocks hasn't changed. It is still state would advise. It was confusing


because the Government is doing a lot of testing and saying that tower


blocks are not safe and yet the advice is still to stay put. I


understand why that conclusion is there but it is more about the


protection that is in place within the building and as long as the


building is properly maintained by that is in place within the building


and as long as the building is properly maintained and about


attaining in their flat or their apartment, allowing firefighters to


get in to deal with the incident. So this really is just a small


selection of the number of banks we have had, letters, cards, we have


had well over 200 firefighters at that incident. It would not be


physically possible to put any more firefighters into that building, so


I am more than happy that we had enough resources coming firefighters


that the bread there on that night. If you have enough equivalent to


doubt that you doubled it OK, why is the man writing to Amber Rudd with a


shopping list of stuff that she feels you need? It is like all


things. Technology moves on all the time and in the time since we last


purchased aerial appliances, technology has moved on and there


are on the same side chassis as the fleet that we have at the moment


there are some longer aerials and ladders that we could possibly look


to have in London. The union has very publicly said that there has


been use of cuts which have impacted the service. Do you think that is


there? There was reason for that matter is because of the last decade


or so we have cut the number of our cold by half, the number of fire


deaths and injuries has gone down. And there was a political decision


to close ten stations and reduce the number of appliances. I can't


comment on whether that at an impact on the night because that is part of


the investigation. As I have already said, I feel there were enough


resources to deal with the incident on the night. You mention as well


safety checks. These used to be done by the Fire Service and it has been


deregulated to an extent. There are private regulators now and it feels


a bit like the wild West and anyone can do it. Do you think firefighters


who do those checks again? They changed in 2005 and you know there


is a team looking at that which is being headed up by Sir Ken night and


I am sure that may be one of his considerations. That may be one of


the options. I think it is an option but that is the case we would need


the resources in place and the number of people with the right


qualifications to be able to return to how it was prior to 2005. Tom


George from London Fire Brigade. Well, ever since the fire,


there's been a lot of anger, distress and mistrust around


the numbers of dead or missing. Now, Scotland Yard have given more


insight into the recovery process You may find some details


in our home affairs correspondent I am Sergeant Alistair Hutchings. I


am part of the dedication team here at Grenfell Tower running deal --


operation here for the deceased to get them back to their loved ones.


The work they are carrying out here is painstaking. We are looking at a


fingertip search of all flats on all floors and that will involve


officers on their hands and knees, using small trowels and shovels.


They will be removing debris from those flats and using saves. The


Serbs are going down to a six millimetres size so that we can


guarantee we can pick up small fragments of bone, teeth and any


identical -- identifying part of a human body. -- the sieves. When you


think over the last four weeks, has been the toughest job personally and


professionally for you? Indeed. We have never had an incident to the


scale. The pressure it puts on you will surely is huge. The team are


all volunteers and to ask to enter a building like this and deal with the


stuff that they are finding is a big task for them. Some Grenfell Tower


families have said the search is too slow. Others have alleged the true


number of deaths has been suppressed. So is that frustrating


for the recovery teams? No, not at all. I deeply, deeply understand the


frustration families have and the answers they want. It is only


natural. 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. My team can't work


any harder. The surgeon believes the searcher will last at least another


four months. Has he thought about how he may feel when their job is


done? I am trying not to. I think that will be strange. I don't know


what I will feel like. Happy, sad, I don't know. We have never worked for


this long as an incident. The emotional attachment you have do


something like this is huge. Sergeant Alistair Hutchings.


Turning to some of the day's other news - and tributes have been paid


to a Para-athlete who's died during a training


He was due to represent the United Arab Emirates


in the upcoming London World Para Athletics Championships which begin


Chris Slegg is there - and more details


The 36-year-old was due to compete in the F34 Javits -- javelin. It was


for users with ordination difficulties. When he was training


yesterday at the official training venue, the throwing cage, which is


netting, held up by Poles which surrounded him, collapsed around him


and one of those struck him on the head. He was pronounced dead at the


scene. 20 minutes after that incident at 5pm yesterday, he leaves


behind five children. His family have not travelled here. They have


been notified. Several of his team-mates what happened and they


have all been offered counselling. Last night, it was decided that the


championships will go ahead. The United Arab Emirates team gave their


backing to that decision although they are distraught to have lost a


much loved team-mate. He spread happiness everywhere he went because


he was smiling from morning to evening, even if it was hard


training or any bad situation in the weather. He would change the


negative into a positive. We lost him but he will remain in our heart.


Doing know anything about how the throwing cage came to collapse?


Details are really sketchy. The London 2017 officials would not be


drawn on that today. It was a United Arab Emirates official who gave us


the only real detail that it did collapse. It is for now for the


police to try to discover how did equipment at a top training


facility, where elite athletes are being sent head of one of the


biggest sporting events of the year, fall apart. Was it faulty equipment?


Was there something wrong with the way it was put together? Was there


another examination? We know that the weather was not very good


yesterday afternoon. We have been told by someone who was at the scene


that it did not appear to be particularly windy down there. It is


now for the police and for the Health and Safety Executive to try


to discover exactly what has happened. Chris, from Stratford,


thank you. Dozens of people were evacuated


from their homes in the middle of the night after a large fire


at a hospital in Surrey. It broke out shortly before midnight


at the Weybridge Community No-one's been hurt and


an investigation is now underway. The technology company Samsung has


chosen Berlin rather than London It has been reported by the German


city was chosen because London is not a fun place to live unless you


are really rich. They're managing director in Europe said that the


cost of living was a concern and there are no reasonably priced


neighbourhoods left in the capital. London assembly member Peter Whittle


launched his campaign today to become the next leader of Ukip. The


party are searching for a new leader after the resignation of poll battle


following the election. -- the resignation of Paul Nuttal.


A controversial artist has defended his work which profiles


Kristian Von Hornsleth has installed tracking devices on homeless men.


Their movements can then be watched live by people who purchase an app.


The rough sleepers get part of the profits.


been sceptical but the artist says his work is aimed


at challenging the concepts of exploitation.


The project grew and then we thought about what if we sold them, what


have we sold the whole muscle that the rich guys can follow them and


then we put tracking devices on the homeless and made gold portraits of


them and sell them off? And that is what we are doing.


Let's get a check on the weather now, shall we?


How was the atmosphere after today? Some people a little disappointed


after today but the atmosphere on the whole is very, very lovely.


People are really enjoying themselves down here and we have had


a full day of play here. We had a bit of rain, as you may have


noticed, overnight tonight. Quite a lot of rain, but that cleared away


first thing this morning, leading to a day of sunny spells. We have seen


quite a bit of cloud around through the gates, which has brought relief


to that sunshine, as it is particularly strong at this time of


year. Having said that, now we have some sunshine behind me. It is


really quite warm. In the shade, it is quite fresh and I am starting to


feel a little bit cold. Heading into the evening, it will stay dry. Still


a bit of patchy cloud, but the temperature is still feeling fresh,


but only dropping down to around 13 Celsius within central London. 11


Celsius in the Home Counties. Tomorrow morning, it will be a


bright start. Plenty of sunshine. Warming up nicely as well. As we


head into the afternoon, a little bit more cloud will start to arrive.


We will still see the sunshine and that sunshine is still going to feel


warm. In fact, a little warmer than it was today. 23-24dC. Overnight


tomorrow, a similar scenario, and then as we head into Friday, a


similar day but perhaps a bit more cloud. Increasingly mild air moving


up from the south and it will feel warm. Some sunny spells around but


it will stay dry. Especially here at Wimbledon for the next couple of


days. Into the weekend, it will turn more changeable. Plenty of dry


weather around, but we could see maybe some spots of rain arriving


through the course of Saturday and Sunday. Still feeling quite humid as


well. The temperature in low 20s, getting up to maybe 25 Celsius on


Saturday. Then more humid as we head into Sunday, despite all the cloud.


That is all from me. Back to you. Kate, many thanks.


Returning to our main story tonight - and four weeks on the burnt out


shell of Grenfell tower - casts a shadow over London.


For the community of North Kensington, a haunting silhouette.


And for others passing through - a stark reminder of


Sarah Harris has been hearing from some of them.


It is a cemetery. It was neglected, turned to a matchstick. This wrapper


grew up near to Grenfell Tower. A street artist, his ambition is to be


the next anonymous Banksy. He sums up how it feels to lose so many of


his friends. For him, it is a reminder of social injustice.


# Looking like a nightmare. We are never going to die.


Working at the foot of the tower is still dominate her. She knows only


too well family tragedy and believes those who have been briefed should


not have to look at such an eerie monument to last. For me,


personally, I think it should be sort of covered with some sort of...


You know, something around to enable people to hail, to start to move


forward, if they could. I think it is too painful just to see it there.


Yes, I think so. As somebody who has lost a child, I think yes. It is the


first time this 70-year-old has been able to look up at what is left of


HE RAPS tower. She believes the former home of her neighbours should


be brought down and replaced with a park sooner rather than later. Oh,


my God. It is a terrible sight to see, isn't it? Makes me feel awful.


You have got to put something there, no matter what. Anything. A month


on, the community here is still coming to terms with what has


happened. The blacked silhouette a constant scar on the west London


landscape. Our thoughts are with all


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