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safe from fire. But to a former housing minister. Join me now
There are claims tonight that Rydon, the company responsible
for carrying out refurbishments to Grenfell Tower, ignored
fire safety warnings during the refurbishment of another
Hundreds of residents were evacuated from their homes
on the Chalcots Estate on Friday, after London Fire Brigade said
they couldn't guarantee the safety of those living there.
But this programme has heard from a contractor who claims
he warned Rydon about his fears over one of the blocks -
But he says those concerns fell on deaf ears.
Tonight hundreds of residents are still out of their homes,
They were evacuated with little warning on Friday night from four
tower blocks here on the Chalcots Estate.
Now BBC London can reveal how we were the first to highlight
safety concerns to the council and Rydon which led
There are one of two gas risers on this floor landing,
this was one of the risers and my concerns are that
if there is a fire in this communal area and the fire breaches this pipe
which is basically a PVC gas pipe behind this small bit of what feels
like a bit of timber cladding, this resident would not
Meet Sebastien Stevenson of Diligent Developments.
I met him a week ago when we filmed here inside Taplow House.
If there's a fire in that floor it will breach that fire door
We filmed as he listed all his concerns inside the tower block,
A fire door should actually look like this, compositely set up
with a solid core panel door with an inch emission strip,
maybe there's a door closer on the internal side of this door.
And in the fire this strip heats up and seals it.
And in the fire this strip heats up and seals the door and prevents
smoke inhalation into the actual space whereas this glass is just
simple safety glass and would crack under the slightest application
He first saw this building when his company came
in to refurbish the 17th floor after a fire inside
So clearly you can see here the images of the fire
He says he raised these concerns with Rydon, the company
It's five years later, there is no excuse for these safety
violations to still be intrinsic into these buildings.
We raised his concerns on Tuesday of last week with the council.
On Friday, three days later, a dramatic development.
Taplow House and three other towers nearby were evacuated precisely
because of fears over the cladding and the interior fire safeguards.
What is more, Taplow House has had a fire inspection, which it passed,
as recently as the spring of last year so what went wrong
In a statement the company, Rydon, have said they have no record
whatsoever of any concerns or warnings being raised
by Diligent Developments and that the particular areas
of concern, whether that is the fire alarms or gas risers,
the responsibility for them lies instead with Camden Council.
The statement goes on to say that Rydon prides itself on the quality
of all works that they carry out, they have been working with local
authorities for more than 40 years, and that safety is integral
As for Camden Council, they said tonight they have
been on the front foot, as they put it, to ensure
their tower blocks meet the required safety standards,
and they will be asking serious questions about the management
Well, we know that Camden is a very specific case,
But let's get the wider picture in London.
Jim Wheble is here with more details.
Across the capital eight London boroughs sent cladding away for
testing and it came back with failures. Hackney is the latest to
be added to that list. A block on the Woodbury downed estate, part of
Genesis Housing Association. The others include Camden, Hounslow,
Islington, Brent, Barnett, Lambeth and Wandsworth. And should resident
in these Boers be worried they could be evacuated? -- in these boroughs.
It seems like the concerns on the Chalcots estate have not been
replicated elsewhere. Almost all that failed the cladding test have
subsequently had the London Fire Brigade reassess their safety
procedures and apart from a few alterations, notably 24-hour
patrols, they have said that while the cladding is removed resident art
says -- are safe. I spoke to Genesis Housing Association earlier, one of
their blocs failed the test today, and they said that only a small
amount of cladding covers their building and that they have
reassessed their fire safety assessment and reassured residents
that they are safe while the cladding is removed. Many thanks for
now. 14 police officers have been injured
and five people arrested during a protest over the death
of a young father in east London. Edson Frederico Da Costa died a week
after being stopped in a car His family said they'd arranged
a peaceful march last night, but others threw bricks and lit
fires, as our Home Affairs This was the stand-off outside
Forest Gate police station. Demonstrators said the Met had
questions to answer. A local man had died
after being stopped by officers. How did you start fighting for his
life? That's what we need to know
from the police, simple. 25-year-old Edson Frederico Da Costa
died last Wednesday. The police watchdog said it believed
the Met used CS gas and force. Campaigners claimed he received
significant injuries and anger spilled into disorder
at this latest protest. You imagine in a war zone
or something, you don't imagine The trouble last night happened
on Ahmed's doorstep. Bins burning in the street
where many families were celebrating I haven't see nothing
like this in 50 years. Luckily they did not smash
the cars and didn't throw So what is the background
to the story? On Thursday, June 15th, Met Police
officers stopped a car in Newham. Mr Da Costa becomes unwell,
according to the police He is taken to hospital
in a critical condition. The following Wednesday,
he dies in hospital. The next day, as campaigners claim
he has been brutally beaten, the IPCC says a postmortem
examination found he had no broken neck, no spinal injuries,
or bleeding to the brain. Despite the flames and the obvious
fury, the protest at this police station last night was contained
and did not spread particularly far. The level of anger over the death
of a young black man after contact with the Metropolitan Police has
worrying echoes of another The shooting of Mark Duggan by armed
police started the 2011 riots. This summer, feelings
are also running high. The authorities will want
to try and ease tensions A minute's has been held to remember
those affected by the terrorist One man died and 11
others were injured. A 47-year-old has been charged
with terrorism-related The floral tribute in Finsbury Park,
a reminder of events just a week ago, the fourth terrorist attack
in just three months. The nation invited to pause
and remember those impacted And then, gathered outside
Islington town Hall, civic leaders, the local Mayor,
and members of staff, many working and living locally,
all gathered to show solidarity with the Muslim community in this
multiethnic part of north London. A gesture greatly appreciated by
the chair of Finsbury Park mosque. We know that we are here
in Islington a diverse community, Those people who try
to divide us, they failed. We have proved it
in the last few days. This is why I am really glad that
Islington and the country have come together to make sure
that these people are failing. With the end of Ramadan
at the weekend, there is normally a sense of joyous celebration
amongst Muslims, but following the attack last Monday,
joy has been replaced I'll say goodnight and
leave you with Wendy Quite so, this week ahead will be
cooler from tomorrow onwards and there will be quite cloudy
conditions with spells of rain. This is the grand picture, it is a mess
of low pressure systems, isobars and France and the rain coming with it
which gives you an idea of how unsettled it will be -- and fronts.
At the moment we have some cloud come in with some isolated tiny
showers and there might be a few more through the night. It is fairly
warm with temperatures of 15 degrees and we start with a fair amount of
cloud and I can't guarantee you won't see some rain first thing but
it will become more prevalent as the day goes on. If we get any dry and
bright spot in between it looks likely temperatures might get a bit
higher than the 21 degrees you concede that in the afternoon and
evening and overnight to Wednesday there will be more heavy rain and
that will have a knock-on effect to the temperature, from 35 degrees
last week to 19 degrees this Wednesday will stop we do have
unsettled conditions through the week with further spells of rain.
The weekend will week with further spells of rain.
The weekend will be called with breezy conditions and