16/06/2017 London News


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Coming up: We reveal new concerns over the safety of high-rises

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from residents of a block identical to Grenfell.

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But first, to the protests that began late this afternoon.

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From where I am standing here in North Kensington, we can hear the

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protests in the streets around us. After years of not feeling listened

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to, the anger fuelled by this tragedy arrived at the door of the

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local council. No one from the borough of Kensington and Chelsea

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came out to speak, but outside, a man who lost family in the fire

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spoke to the crowds. We took our demands to the council and we

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expected a response from the chief executive of the Council, who has

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failed to turn up. A few hours later in Whitehall, another protest. This

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time, they gathered outside the Government department accountable

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for social housing, and then marched to Downing Street. Outside number

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ten, I meet a nine-year-old schoolboy who asked his month ago on

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a demonstration advertised on Facebook. They know a Colombian girl

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who is still missing. Because I don't believe this is right. Would

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you like it if you were in that building and all you could see was

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dead bodies on the floor? You wouldn't think it was right, so

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Theresa May's just ruined everything. It's not about the rich

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and the poor, it's about, you know, we are all humans, and these people

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died in less than half an hour. Firefighters are not getting paid

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the right amount of money. It's just really sad, really sad. Local

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campaigners from other parts of London were also there, out in

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force. It's so sad, but we have to be angry now. We have to mourn, but

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we have to be changing the whole rotten system. The demonstration

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which started out in Whitehall has gone through central London, through

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Trafalgar Square and we are now one Regent St. There are thousands of

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people, children, social housing protesters, political protesters.

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People are looking for justice for their friends, family and neighbours

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who died. Many others are behind them. And the issues of better

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social housing and accountability for those who preside over it have

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also been brought to the fore. Now, let's explore some

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of the safety concerns that Not just here in North Kensington,

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but across London. The anger now is palpable,

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but the concerns have been raised Posts by Grenfell residents have

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highlighted what they claim was a general failure to inspect

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and maintain fire safety equipment. They blame an ongoing

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culture of negligence. They say there is damning evidence

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of the poor safety record. "It's a truly terrifying thought,

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but only a catastrophic event will expose the ineptitude

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and incompetence." We've been told that the cladding

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in these buildings are totally safe. Nigel lives in an

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identical tower block. Over many years, he's raised similar

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concerns on behalf of residents. There had been a number of fires

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in the previous years We have 165 flats in one

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of these buildings. There was a period of time,

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we don't know how long, that these were totally unusable,

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because thieves had broken into the building due to having very

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little security and actually stole Hi.

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Hello, hi. Monica lives on the 19th floor,

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and watched as the fire took hold. I just think, if anything,

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no-one will come to save us. You have been raising worries and

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concerns, like your neighbours, do you feel that the authorities listen

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to you? No. "On hearing the fire alarm,

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leave the building by...route." "Attack fire if possible

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using appliances provided." I've never seen any appliances -

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there are no fire extinguishers. Firefighters have always

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worked with communities to clarify fire safety,

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but the union says I think there's a misapprehension

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often about a firefighter's work, it's not just going to fires

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and pointing a jet at the flame There's a lot of fire safety work,

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a lot of prevention work, getting into the community,

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teaching people about fires, doing inspections, doing

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home fire safety visits, And there is no doubt that the huge

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cuts that have been visited upon the Fire Service,

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particularly in London over the last There's suspicion, too,

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that a public inquiry closely controlled by the Government

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might not truly get We have to be very concerned

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as to why we're going down a public inquiry route,

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when we have a hundreds of years system in place of an inquest,

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which, with a High Court judge appointed as a coroner, can deal

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with it openly and transparently. It's really important we're not left

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waiting for two, three, What I'm asking is for an interim

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response to the inquiry this summer. We need to make sure local

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residents and families have proper representation,

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and they're given We need to make sure that

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if there is any individual organisation responsible,

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they're criminally prosecuted. Theresa May visited the site this

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evening, but left quickly after a crowd descended,

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shouting, "Coward," There is much to do to win

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back the trust of this That's all we've got time for here

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in North Kensington. You can keep up-to-date on our website and on our

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Facebook page. Time to wish you good night. I will leave you with Chris

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Fawkes, who has the weather. It will be a warm night, with

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temperatures falling no lower than 15 Celsius. Tomorrow, it becomes

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very warm, temperatures reaching 29 Celsius in the centre of London.

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Through the afternoon, that is 84 Fahrenheit. If anything, Sunday will

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be hotter, temperatures hitting 30 Celsius in the centre of town,

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making it the hottest day of the year so far. The warm weather stays

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with us in the early part of next week, temperatures reaching 32

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Celsius also on week, temperatures reaching 32

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Celsius also on Monday. The best of the sunshine today was

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across England and Wales. We still have this feed of cloud into the

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north-west, and that was thick enough for some drizzle and poor

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visibility across the coast. Chingford finished the day with

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decent sunshine. That will stay with most of us for the weekend, and it

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will turn increasingly warm. It will be hot for some, and increasingly

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humid as well. Certainly worth bearing in mind. The reason why is a

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south-westerly wind dragging up this warm air from the Azores.

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Temperatures in Spain could be in the mid-40s, the mid-30s in France,

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and

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