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Grenfell Tower fire: First public inquiry hearing to open

September 13, 2017 11:58 pm0 comments
Grenfell Tower fire: First public inquiry hearing to open

A public inquiry into the Grenfell Tower fire, which killed at least 80 people in June, officially opens later. It will examine the cause and spread of the fire, high-rise regulations, and the actions of the local authority. The head of the investigation, judge Sir Martin Moore-Bick, will give a […]

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Grenfell fire chief calls for sprinklers in tower blocks

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Grenfell fire chief calls for sprinklers in tower blocks

London’s fire commissioner says the Grenfell Tower blaze must be a “turning point”, calling for sprinklers in all high-rise council flats. At least 80 people died when fire engulfed the west London block in June. A BBC Breakfast investigation which focused on half the UK’s council and housing association-owned tower […]

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Grenfell Tower: Sixty blocks 'fail new fire test'

July 27, 2017 11:56 pm0 comments
Grenfell Tower: Sixty blocks 'fail new fire test'

Cladding and insulation used in at least 60 tower blocks has failed a new fire safety test, the BBC understands. The test was more thorough than previous checks after the Grenfell Tower fire, which just examined cladding from high-rise buildings. The new test checked the cladding in combination with the […]

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Grenfell Tower: Corporate manslaughter considered by police

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Grenfell Tower: Corporate manslaughter considered by police

Police investigating the Grenfell Tower fire say they have “reasonable grounds” to suspect that corporate manslaughter offences may have been committed. It means senior executives from the council and the tenant management organisation that ran the block are likely to be interviewed under caution. A letter from the Met Police […]

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Grenfell Tower fire: New council leader heckled by public

July 19, 2017 4:05 pm0 comments
Grenfell Tower fire: New council leader heckled by public

Media playback is unsupported on your device The newly elected leader of Kensington and Chelsea Council has been booed and heckled amid continuing anger over the Grenfell Tower fire. Protesters shouted “resign” and “shame on you” as Elizabeth Campbell was made council leader at a public meeting. The councillor said […]

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Grenfell Tower fire: Three hospitals fail fire safety checks

July 4, 2017 11:48 am0 comments
Grenfell Tower fire: Three hospitals fail fire safety checks

Three hospitals in England have failed fire safety checks ordered in the aftermath of the Grenfell Tower fire. Buildings at London’s King’s College Hospital, Sheffield’s children’s hospital and the North Middlesex Trust have been found to have combustible cladding. Those three trusts along with another 16 have also introduced 24-hour […]

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Grenfell Tower fire: Government to 'keep eye' on council

July 1, 2017 1:11 pm0 comments
Grenfell Tower fire: Government to 'keep eye' on council

The government will keep “a close eye” on Kensington and Chelsea council after its leader quit over the Grenfell Tower fire, the communities secretary says. Sajid Javid said it was “right” that Nicholas Paget-Brown stepped down and said the process to select a successor would be “independent of government”. London […]

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Grenfell Tower fire: Sadiq Khan calls on PM to appoint commissioners

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Grenfell Tower fire: Sadiq Khan calls on PM to appoint commissioners

London’s mayor has urged Theresa May to appoint commissioners to run Kensington and Chelsea council after its leader resigned over the Grenfell Tower fire. Sadiq Khan welcomed Nicholas Paget-Brown’s decision to stand down, but said public trust could not be restored by other members of the council. He said residents […]

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Grenfell Tower: Cladding 'changed to cheaper version'

June 30, 2017 1:55 am0 comments
Grenfell Tower: Cladding 'changed to cheaper version'

Cladding fitted to Grenfell Tower during its refurbishment was changed to a cheaper version, documents obtained by the BBC suggest. Documents show the zinc cladding originally proposed was replaced with an aluminium type, which was less fire resistant, saving nearly £300,000. The cladding is thought to have contributed to the […]

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Grenfell Tower fire: Judge 'doubt' over inquiry scope

June 29, 2017 2:17 pm0 comments
Grenfell Tower fire: Judge 'doubt' over inquiry scope

Media playback is unsupported on your device The retired judge heading the inquiry into the Grenfell Tower fire says he is “doubtful” the process will be as wide-ranging as some residents hope. Sir Martin Moore-Bick said the probe could be limited to the cause, how it spread, and preventing a […]

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