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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
the families affected. That's all from the BBC
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