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figures? We also confirm the first case of cyanide poisoning amongst

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the survivors. Join me now on BBC BBC London has seen a letter

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from the Mayor of London to the Home Secretray,

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Amber Rudd which accuses the Government of not doing enough

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to keep London safe from a large Sadeeq Khan called for

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more money for police, as well as the fire brigade,

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and he raised concerns about how London would cope

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with another three months Here's our Political Correspondent,

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Karl Mercer reports. In March, the terror attack

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on Westminster Bridge that left In then at the start of June,

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eight more innocent victims murdered by terrorists

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in an attack on Borough Market. Within days, the fire

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at Grenfell Tower, which claims at least 80 lives and shortly

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afterwards, another man killed in a The emergency response

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to all four has been widely praised, but today comes

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a warning from the Mayor. He has written to

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the Home Secretary, raising concerns about how

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the capital would cope if there were to be larger

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scale terrorist attacks. This is how the Met prepares

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for so-called marauding terrorist firearms attacks,

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but the Mayor's worried it may not be enough and government

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is not doing enough to keep We showed the letter

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to Kenny March from the Metropolitan Police federation,

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which represents officers. It always concerns me

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when you have different political parties pointing to each

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

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and he is asking the question, because ultimately he wants to be

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able say, my police can go out there and keep

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the streets safe, I'm not sure at the moment, should we have another

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major incident, we could do that. The Mayor's letter

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goes further, it also asks the Government

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for at least ?6 million for new equipment for

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the Fire Brigade to help

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tagle high rise fires. Of course there is a whole list

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of issues that we need - from equipment around aerial

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lifting equipment, issues specialist equipment

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that we need, technology's moved on in relation

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to the ability of fire

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service do their job. We have got to make sure they have

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got the tools they need to keep No ministers were available

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for interview tonight, we were told instead: "W3 believe

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the Home Office has received the letter and will respond

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in due course." Well, it's exactly four weeks

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since the Grenfell Tower fire - and a vigil's been held in the area,

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for the victims. There's also been a highly charged

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residents meeting with police and the new Leader of Kensington

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and Chelsea Council. Louisa Preston is in

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the area tonight. Louisa you were at that

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meeting I just mentioned, but first tell us about the vigil

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which took place where you are now. Well yes, you might be able to see

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from behind me that people are still here this evening bgs lighting

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candles and remembering the people that died and people that are

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missing after that fire in Grenfell Tower four weeks ago. An earlier

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tonight at the start of the vigil the roads were shuts and hundreds

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were standing around, some in tears, just standing and remembering what

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happened. There is still a lot of anger among locals. Earlier at that

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public meeting, there was a lot of frustrated people, extremely angry

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by what's happened and they feel isolated. The leader, the new leader

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of the council, Elizabeth Campbell was there and she was told to go

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home. People were extremely angry and hostile to her and became

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frustrated with a senior policeman and they said they wanted answers,

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when he said he couldn't give any more information, they were shouted

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at saying people should be arrested. I spoke to some people earlier. I

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think there is a need for the community to express how they feel

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and it might come across as being angry, it is because of the lack of

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information and the deepening of the mistrus of the public and there is a

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huge gap between local authorities and residents. It is another text

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book case of the council coming in that has no answers for the

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questions we have been asking for four weeks. Such as when are we

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going to be housed. Theresa May promised everyone would be housed

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within three weeks, people are still living on floors. The mayor has

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added his criticism to the council as well? Yes, he has been extremely

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critical of council. But today he has been extremely critical of their

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new leader, saying there is no way she will be able to win back the

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trust of the people. Mainly because this morning she said she hadn't

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actually been inside a tower block, one of these tower blocks in this

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area, which didn't do her any favours. But I have been speaking to

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people and there is a sense that they believe that the community's

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pulling together and they're working together. But they're not getting

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any support from the council. Back to you. Thank you.

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Well the issue of fire safety is very much in the forefront

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of the minds of anyone living in a tower block.

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Our reporter Marc Ashdown asked London Fire Brigade

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whether the advice to stay put remains -

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even though many tall buildings are failing fire checks.

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I understand why that confusion's there, but it is more about the

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

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building is properly maintained and by that

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I mean that fire doors are

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well fitted, corridors and escape route kept

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clear, then people are

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safer staying in their flats, allowing firefighters to get in to

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Well, when it comes to fire safety checks have been carried out

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in tower blocks across London, but a fire safety expert has

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identified four blocks which, in his view,

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could allow a fire to spread from flat to flat within seconds.

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They're in Peckham, as Gareth Furby explains

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If there is a fire, they are trained to evacuate us.

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I'm not going to burst out crying but I just don't feel safe.

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The reason people live in these blocks are so concerned can be seen

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A total of 28 fire wardens brought in by Southwark council just over

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a week ago on the advice of the Fire Brigade,

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such is the apparent risk of any fire spreading.

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They are now on duty 24/7 to ensure these blocks can be

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evacuated immediately, should any fire start.

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We filmed inside, as a fire safety expert invited in by some residents

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And his conclusion is that the cracking visible on some

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walls and ceilings constitutes a major fire risk.

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This will mean that fire can spread rapidly from flat to flat

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

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and believes fire could spread rapidly by this route.

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You have zero minutes between a fire starting in one flat

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This man removed some samples of the filler used in some of these

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gaps and then took them outside to see if they burned.

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Southwark Council says there are no surprises in any of the points made

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They are matters the council has been dealing with for years

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and the Fire Brigade is happy with its measures

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But following the events at Grenfell Tower, many

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If there is a fire, it will basically spread like wildfire.

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

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We caught one napping and she claims it has happened before.

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I have been out there at 8am in the morning

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to take our son to school and they are out there asleep.

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Southwark Council says any issue raised about fire marshals will be

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But at the end of the meeting last night with councillors

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and their experts, some residents were not convinced.

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

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

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The council says all safety issues are being addressed properly.

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Other news now and a Para-athlete has died after being

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struck by a metal pole during a training in Newham.

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Abdullah Hayayei was due to represent

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the United Arab Emirates in the javelin, discus and shot-put

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in the London World ParaAthletics Championships this month.

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The 36-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene.

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This morning's rain didn't last long and in the afternoon we saw the

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cloud breaking up and the sunshine coming through. This is the view

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from space. The sunshine came out for the afternoon. It is quiet

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tonight with some clear spells. Temperatures will drop away with the

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light winds. It will be fresher than it has been in recent mornings and

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some places will be close to single figures. So a bright start with

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clear skies and sunshine through the morning. Cloud amounts will increase

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in the afternoon, but it stays fine and dry and in the low 20s. A decent

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day in Wimbledon. Sunny spells and temperatures into the low 20s.

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Looking ahead to Friday, more cloud, but staying fine and dry and

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temperatures creeping back up but staying fine and dry and

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temperatures creeping back up to the weekend.

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Good evening. Beautiful day across most of the UK today. A big

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difference compared to what we had yesterday, some managed to dry off

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after that deluge. Today, beautiful blue skies in London and this

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beautiful picture in Cumbria. This is the satellite from earlier, you

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can see a bit of cloud in the morning. That pulled away and that

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mass of cloud was the rain that we had yesterday. But at the moment, it

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is very quiet out there. The stars are out, the winds are light, I

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could mention there might be some mist. Relatively mild in the middle

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of city, but further north in rural spots could be as low as four or

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