Wednesday 23 August 2017

Total of 600 buildings in England 'have similar cladding to Grenfell Tower'

WAKING TO A NIGHTMARE: Fire-fighters’ attempts to damp down the blaze were to no effect as the flames engulfed Grenfell Tower in west London. Photo: Rick Finder/PA
WAKING TO A NIGHTMARE: Fire-fighters’ attempts to damp down the blaze were to no effect as the flames engulfed Grenfell Tower in west London. Photo: Rick Finder/PA
A protester holds up a sign asking for ‘Justice for Grenfell’ following the deadly fire at Grenfell Tower. Photo: Getty
Grenfell Tower following the fire Photo: REUTERS/Hannah McKay
GRIM TASK: Members of the emergency services work on the middle floors of the charred remains of the Grenfell Tower block in Kensington, west London, following the devastating fire. Photo: Tolga Akmen/Getty
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Councils in England estimate that 600 high-rise buildings have similar cladding to Grenfell Tower, Downing Street said.

Theresa May has said tests on cladding on tower blocks following the Grenfell Tower tragedy have shown "a number" are "combustible".

The British Prime Minister also confirmed this morning that no immigration checks will be carried out on residents affected by tower fire.

Meanwhile, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn described the Grenfell Tower tragedy as an "outrage", adding: "Every single one of those deaths could and should have been avoided."

Their comments came as the chief executive of Kensington and Chelsea council announced he is quitting after a barrage of criticism for its response to the tragedy.

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