14/06/2017 London News


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That's all for tonight. Continuing coverage on the BBC News channel

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Here, on BBC One, it's time with any developments.

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I'm a short distance from Grenfell Tower. You have seen how it looks

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tonight. You have seen how it looked when the flames just took over the

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building. Now, take a look at this. Take a look at this mountain of

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clothes. This is the response from local people donating goods for the

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people who've lost everything. You have these clothes here. You have

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toiletries here, tooth brushings, food and water in this small space

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alone. 100 volunteers working hard to make sure this gets to the people

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who need it most quickly. Let's not forget. It's around about 24-hours

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since that fire took hold, people in a neighbouring tower block saw what

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happened in front of their eyes. So how they feeling tonight? Are they

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scared, worried or anxious. Jim Wheble has been speaking to them.

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It's not the view that muse ya ever expected, on the 13th floor,

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You mean literally where those flames are now?

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Where the flames are, if you move to the right,

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Are you going make some more calls or go -

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I'm going to make some calls and later on I'm going to go to bed

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at the Rugby Centre to inquiry if they have any news.

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Angela's further up, on the 19th floor.

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Right in front of her, the neighbouring block,

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As soon as I saw what was going on, I just couldn't, I couldn't bear it.

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I turned on the news and just, sort of, let the news

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But you could still hear the screams over the TV,

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over the windows closed, over the doors closed.

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Dennis is on the 10th floor, looking at a view that

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Because I also remember, a couple months ago,

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But it was different because that tower was one flat.

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It's weird how here, how the whole...

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The whole building just goes on fire.

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So with this view from their balcony, how safe do they feel now?

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Do you feel a bit unsafe now yourself?

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Hopefully, everything - we can find a positive out of this

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I don't want to think of the negatives.

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As safe as you can be living on the 19th floor of a tower block

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building when you've just watched another tower block building

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People at this donations centre working at a furious rate, as you

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can see. They are not working alone. Outside here you have people from

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the sheikh Temple who have made food for the people volunteering who

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might need to eat because they have been working hard all day. The

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church have have their own election centre working with the ones here.

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You have people of no religion who are involved because it's the right

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thing to do. It's incredible to see. The people who need the help of the

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volunteers are not just the people from Grenfell Tower, it's people in

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surrounding properties who have had to evacuate their homes. Catherine

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Carpenter has been speaking to them. A neighbour brings 88-year-old

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Mary Dennis a chair. She's been awake since the early

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hours when she fled her home, All of a sudden I heard my door -

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bang, bang, bang. I did not get, I didn't get up,

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but what happened when they bang it There was enough screaming,

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children screaming, Another neighbour

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offers food and water. Diego says he needs to keep

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busy so he doesn't dwell Quite a few people we knew from

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the tower apparently didn't make it. They saw people jumping

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from the building. Overnight, St Clements Church

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became his sanctuary. Here, and at every rescue centre,

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donations have flooded in all day. the Al-Manaar Mosque counts many

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Grenfell House residents Today, they were sorting

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clothes and cooking. Food for those breaking

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fast tonight or in need Other members of the community took

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people into their homes, at least three families crammed

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into this terrace The police evacuated us and my son,

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he was having an asthma attack. If not, we'd have been

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left out all night. Also taking in, four month

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old Yesmin, her bed for the night a stranger's sofa while her mother

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still waits for news You know what, it's not just second

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hand clothes donated. People have bought new items of clothes, n

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toiletries. This is extraordinary from Londoners, isn't it? The

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response from the community in London has been overwhelming. We are

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all shocked and horrified by what we have seen in the tragic events of

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the tower. The generosity of the community has been overwhelming.

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What struck me is that communities are working together? Absolutely.

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Communities come from all over London and all over the country to

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be able to donate and to contribute and support. Everyone you see here

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is pretty much a volunteer. They are giving their services, giving their

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hours, Middlesbroughle of the night almost they are working flat out.

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Jasmine you worked flat out to make this happen? To be honest, it wasn't

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something I was planning. I called the venue owner and said - look, I

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know this space is vacant, would it be OK to use this space for

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donations? It just spiralled into this. It's just been incredible.

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Absolutely incredible. It's incredible to see as well. Thank you

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so much for ling us be here tonight. It comes back to the fire, one of

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the questions that a lot of local people are asking is how it spread

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up the tower block so very quickly. One of the theories we are hearing a

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lot of is that it had to do with the cladding around the building. That

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is a theory which our reporter Gareth Furby has been looking more

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into it. Arnold Tarling is a fire

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safety expert and he's What we're testing

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here is polyurethane, The reason he's doing

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this is because he has a theory about why the fire spread

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so rapidly at the Grenfell Tower. It's to do with a

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material that may have The actual ridgied board insulation

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that I believe is most likely to have been used is made from the same

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material, polyurethane. I'm now setting fire

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to this, and this is That is very, very

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rapid and this is a typical material used

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for insulating external buildings. Mr Tarling's test was put out

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easily, but he thinks tonnes of similar materials could have

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quickly burnt-out of control. The theory that I have is

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that the building has been clad with a flammable insulation

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material on the exterior. Of course there is no official

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statement yet on the cause of the fire and the reason

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for its rapid spread. But three years ago at a safety

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conference, Arnold Tarling publicly warned that cladding high-rise

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buildings could end in disaster and now he fears he may

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have been proved right. It looks typical

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of a cladding-related fire on the exterior

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of the property. All the external cladding

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has completely gone. Which is what you would

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expect if you've got The principle of the design

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of the cladding is that it's there to allow rain to effectively

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get in and run down that cavity. The problem is that it will also

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allow fire to spread up and what will happen is it

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will actually create a path for the fire to spread and encourage

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the fire to spread faster A spokesperson for the contractors

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Rydon, who completed the refurbishment last year,

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said it met all required building control fire regulation and health

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and safety standards. The company Harley Facades Limited,

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which was also involved in the refurbishment, said it would not be

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appropriate to comment or others speculate on any aspect of the fire

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or its causes in advance of the At this time the company said

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it was not aware of any link between the fire and

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the exterior cladding. Anyone concerned about family or

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friends there is a special helpline that you can call to find out if

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there is any information. Let me give you that. The Metropolitan

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Police Casual Bureau the number is: 0800 0961, 233. The number is

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available on our Facebook and BBC web page. Everyone is, woing really

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hard to make things happen. I've never seen anything like what I'm

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seeing in West London tonight. People are working hard to come

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together, showing a really unified response to the tragedy that has

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happened. That's it for now from me, but let's

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find out what the weather's up In London we hit 27 degrees. The

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next couple of days will be fresher weather wise. Warm enough in the

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sunshine before temperatures start to sore up once again. 30 Celsius

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potentially Sunday. Tonight a very mild and muggy night. Temperatures

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in the centre town no lower than 17 or 18 degrees. Dry night with partly

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clear skies. Sunny start to Thursday with light wind around it will be

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warmest during the latter stages of the morning, around lunchtime. Cloud

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will push across threatening light showers. Most of the time will be

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dry. Temperatures may peak at 24, 25 degrees. Early afternoon before

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dropping off a little bit as fresher air pushes in and the westerly wind

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kicks in. Friday we will do it again as far as temperatures are concerned

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with bluer skies and lighter winds into the weekend. It will get

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hotter. into the weekend. It will get

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hotter. Ben has more Tomorrow, will be a different

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feeling day due to this cold front feeling day due to this cold front

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pushing in from the west and behind feeling day due to this cold front

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that we will see at least for a time a return to fresher conditions. The

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that we will see at least for a time front

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