Grenfell Tower relief effort has been effective, insists council leader

Police said on Saturday that at least 58 people had been confirmed or were assumed to have died in this week's blaze at the Grenfell Tower block. "We've always been advocates of automatic fire sprinkler protection in tall tower blocks and they work - people don't die in sprinkler buildings", he said.

"Our focus has been on those that we know were in Grenfell Tower".

Theresa May has assured residents that there will be a thorough investigation into the causes of the fire, and the Metropolitan Police have since opened a criminal investigation into the blaze.

"I'm positive because I think it was a real chance for local residents, people affected by this tragedy, to voice their concerns directly to the prime minister so that she could hear them", he said. "Nowadays, we would not dream of building towers to the standards of the 1970s, but their inhabitants still have to live with that legacy".

The prime minister said the inquiry, which is expected to cost several million pounds, was needed to ensure "this awful tragedy is properly investigated" - however local residents are demanding an inquest.

The type of plastic-filled exterior cladding implicated in the rapid spread of the deadly London tower fire is permitted in Ontario on buildings under seven storeys.

On Saturday, police confirmed 58 people were missing, presumed dead, following the blaze after police revealed some of the victims "may never be identified".

Criticising those who may think there are too many rules and regulations, he called on them to "remember those who have lost their lives in a preventable accident that didn't need to happen, and the tragedy we're seeing is because of the consequences of mistakes and neglect from politicians from the council and from the Government". Volunteers had said the cordon had made the refuge centre unwelcoming, and look like "a crime scene".

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Yet at a meeting organised by local people on Saturday evening at Al Manar mosque, which is close to Grenfell Tower, residents spoke of their anger at being dispersed in different high-rise hotels from friends and neighbours, as well as a lack of information.

She said: "Frankly, the support on the ground for families who needed help or basic information in the initial hours after this appalling disaster was not good enough". Counselors are already working with 52 families.

She says she will receive daily reports from the stricken neighborhood, where hundreds of people have been displaced.

He said all records, including emails, minutes of meetings, correspondence with contractors, safety assessments, specifications and reports - must be kept intact.

The first victim to be identified was Mohammed Alhajali, a 23-year-old Syrian refugee.

His family said that Alhajali "came to the United Kingdom because he had ambitions and aims for his life and for his family". Those who lost their homes will be rehoused within three weeks, she said. So far, police say at least 58 people have been killed. They say they will also use visual elements like tattoos, scars and medical implants in the painstaking process.

Sixteen bodies have been taken to the mortuary after flames tore through the 1970s tower block - while 14 others have been recovered from the building.

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