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

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

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our city isn t properly prepared for a terror attack bigger

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than London Bridge or Westminster. His comments come four weeks

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on from the Grenfell tragedy. He wants more resources

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

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want to burst out crying We reveal the concerns of residents

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

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in south London is. You'll have zero minutes

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between the fire starting in one Safety under the spotlight -

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

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

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

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London, it is finding its feet and fighting on.

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First tonight, the Mayor says London is not properly prepared

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

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

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to recognise the scale of the threat we face".

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He also raises concerns about whether London Fire Brigade

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has enough resources after the Grenfell disaster.

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Our Political Correspondent, Karl Mercer joins me now.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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actually talks not just about resources for the Firebird resources

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

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

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

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and raises concerns about whether London could cope with another three

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

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

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eight more innocent victims murdered by terrorists in an attack on

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

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

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killed in a terror attack in Finsbury Park. The emergency

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

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

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

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

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marauding terrorist firearms attacks. But the Mayor is worried it

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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needing equipment, aerial lifting equipment and drones and other

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

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

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

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

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will respond to the letter in due course.

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The shock and sorrow felt by the community immediately

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

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

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

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

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she met four weeks ago are getting on.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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themselves and ask questions. Livingstone lost two friends in the

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

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

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

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

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

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

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changed now from material help or even financial help to more

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counselling and emotional support. From day one, donations came

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

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

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emotionally attached, it becomes urgent almost and instinctive. You

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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A club that helped produced a string of champions.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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councils began doing safety Tonight, a fire safety expert has

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

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throughout the building The council says it already knows

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about the problems - Residents at a meeting last night.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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is in conjunction with London Fire Brigade and the leading authorities

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

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night with councillors and their experts, some residents were not

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

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

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council says all safety issues are being addressed properly.

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Whilst there has been widespread praise for the immense bravery

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of our firefighters - Londoners tell us they feel

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conflicted about what to do in the event of another

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

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but after Grenfell their instinct is to leave.

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A question Marc Ashdown put to the Director of Operations

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at London Fire Brigade, Tom George.

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

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unprecedented incident and are advice to residents living in tower

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

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

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

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

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

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

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and as long as the building is properly maintained and about

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attaining in their flat or their apartment, allowing firefighters to

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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purchased aerial appliances, technology has moved on and there

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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insight into the recovery process You may find some details

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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number of deaths has been suppressed. So is that frustrating

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

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

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natural. All I can say is please be patient. We are doing our utmost

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best for you. And we are working as hard as we can. My team can't work

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

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

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

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

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

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something like this is huge. Sergeant Alistair Hutchings.

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

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

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He was due to represent the United Arab Emirates

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in the upcoming London World Para Athletics Championships which begin

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Chris Slegg is there - and more details

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

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for users with ordination difficulties. When he was training

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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thank you. Dozens of people were evacuated

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

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

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

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an investigation is now underway. The technology company Samsung has

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

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

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

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

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neighbourhoods left in the capital. London assembly member Peter Whittle

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

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

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

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A controversial artist has defended his work which profiles

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Kristian Von Hornsleth has installed tracking devices on homeless men.

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

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The rough sleepers get part of the profits.

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been sceptical but the artist says his work is aimed

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at challenging the concepts of exploitation.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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People are really enjoying themselves down here and we have had

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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shell of Grenfell tower - casts a shadow over London.

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For the community of North Kensington, a haunting silhouette.

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And for others passing through - a stark reminder of

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Sarah Harris has been hearing from some of them.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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landscape. Our thoughts are with all

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the families affected. That's all from the BBC

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London team this evening. BBC TWO reveals the bittersweet

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history of sugar. This is really a chance

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to create pure magic.

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