Theresa May offers support package for London fire victims


Police said the death toll could change.

On Saturday more than 1,000 people gathered near May's Downing Street office to protest against her plan to form a government with the support of a socially conservative Northern Irish party. "So that 58 would include that 30", the spokesman said Saturday.

British Prime Minister Theresa May, criticized shortly after the blaze for failing to meet with victims, says the public inquiry looking into the tragedy will report directly to her.

"It is hard to escape a very sombre national mood", she said in a message marking the event.

The meeting is unlikely to quell complaints that May has been slow to reach out to fire survivors, despite her announcement of a $6.4 million emergency fund to help displaced families.

On Thursday Mrs May met the emergency services at the scene of the blaze, while on Friday she visited victims in hospital and met survivors, residents, volunteers and community leaders in Kensington. But demonstrators shouted "coward" at the premier, accusing her of dodging an earlier meeting with victims. "The people are waking up to the right-wing, mainstream media and May just doesn't get the public mood".

During her visit - which lasted less than an hour - she also spoke to volunteers and community leaders at St Clement's Church.

London Police have announced they are launching an investigation into the shocking and devastating Grenfell Tower disaster, hinting that criminal offences may have contributed to the apartment block blaze that has so far racked up an "official" death toll of 30, a number that is expected to rise.

Earlier, a sign at a Tube station said that the service suspension was because of the "safety" of nearby Grenfell Tower, suggesting structural concerns.

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"There have been huge frustrations that people do not know who to talk to, that they can't get through on the council hotlines", she said.

Alongside both police and fire investigations into the blaze, she has promised to set up a public inquiry. But in an interview about the fire, May ducked the questions.

Britain's trade minister says the exterior paneling used on the exterior of the London high-rise, in which dozens were killed in a fire, appears to have violated building rules. "My heart goes out to those affected", Cundy said.

"We have colleagues in there as we speak, searching for and recovering those that have died".

Residents caught up in the fire have previously condemned the relief effort as "absolute chaos".

"There is considerable damage within Grenfell Tower", he said. "It is a truly terrifying thought but the Grenfell Action Group firmly believe that only a catastrophic event will expose the ineptitude and incompetence of our landlord, the KCTMO".

The London mayor also said the response from Kensington and Chelsea Council has "not been good enough".

Mrs May has outlined a series of measures to help those left homeless by the fire, which engulfed the 24-storey apartment block on Wednesday. They paid their respects before the start of the annual Trooping the Color procession that marks the observance of the queen's birthday.

"This should not be happening in the United Kingdom, this should never happen".