British PM May faces mounting criticism over London tower block blaze

British PM May faces mounting criticism over London tower block blaze

Police barred their way and scuffles broke out, a Reuters reporter said.

The protesters chanted: "We want justice", "bring them out" and "shame on you". Some in the crowd shouted "coward" at her, according to the BBC.

On Friday fire crews again used water to damp down the charred building as they began a third day of picking through the tower's charred remains.

Firefighters have said they did not expect to find any more survivors after rescuing 65 from Wednesday's fire, which turned the social housing block - home to about 600 people - into a flaming torch in minutes.

Theresa May met police and firefighters dealing with the aftermath of the disaster during a private visit to the west London site, but - unlike Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and London Mayor Sadiq Khan - she was not seen to speak to families and residents.

The British Prime Minister is now asking for a public investigation.

Mrs May, already under pressure after a series of terrorist attacks and an election in which her Conservative Party lost its majority, said yesterday that a public inquiry was needed to ensure "this bad tragedy is properly investigated".

Since Wednesday, six victims of the fire have been provisionally identified though Cundy warned there was a "risk that sadly we may not be able to identify everybody".

- The Queen and the Duke of Cambridge visited community leaders, volunteers and some of the survivors at Westway Sports Centre.

- NHS England said 24 people are still being treated in hospitals across London, of whom 12 remain in critical care.

The investigation into the cause of the fire that has now been extinguished will take weeks, he added.

"Once again in our city we witness the heroic efforts of our emergency services who responded so quickly".

Pressure on the government to take quick steps to prevent a similar fire is growing as it emerged that the cladding used on Grenfell Tower has been used on other high rise blocks across the UK.

"We as the police, we investigate criminal offences - I am not sitting here and saying there are criminal offences that have been committed, that's why you do an investigation, to establish it", he said.

"Furthermore it will probably be some time before all victims are located due to the sheer difficulty of fire fighters working in a building which is unsafe and will require a meticulous search of the debris. People have lost their lives, people have had their homes destroyed, they have fled for their lives with absolutely nothing".

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