Theresa May offers support package for London fire victims

Theresa May Grenfell Tower

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.

The official death toll from the blaze now sits at 30, up from 17 overnight, as firefighters continue the extremely hard process of recovering bodies from within the tower.

The fire at the 24-storey public housing project broke out early Wednesday - after Britons had been hit with three terrorist attacks in less than three months, in London and Manchester.

Cundy said the police investigation would look into the building's 2016 refurbishment and promised to prosecute "if there is evidence".

Prime Minister Theresa May has been criticised for her muted response to the fire and had to be rushed away from a meeting with residents on Friday under heavy police guard as protesters shouted "Shame on you".

Told there was a need for the public to hear her say something had gone badly wrong and the government accepted responsibility, Mrs May said: "Something bad has happened". Stuart Cundy told reporters on Saturday, adding that the figure could change.

"Government is making money available, we are ensuring we are going to get to the bottom of what happened, we will ensure that people are rehoused, but we need to make sure that that actually happens".

"The fire at Grenfell Tower was an unimaginable tragedy for the community, and for our country".

Meanwhile, May, stung by criticism, was scheduled to meet victims, volunteers and community leaders in Downing Street on Saturday afternoon, even as angry protests continued at the site and elsewhere in London.

Police have confirmed that the fire has resulted in at least 30 fatalities but according to other reports, the number of deaths could be more than 70.

"As soon as we can, we will locate and recover loved ones", he added.

The horrific fire early Wednesday morning has put increased pressure on May and her senior ministers at a time when her authority has been weakened by an election that saw her Conservative Party lose its majority in Parliament. "Sadly, we do not expect any survivors".

The London Evening Standard reported that hundreds of activists marched to the town hall and gathered outside the building on Friday chanting: "We want justice".

Mr Khan said an inquiry should be properly resourced so it can get the full truth about the fire as quickly as possible.

In contrast, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn was pictured with those who have lost their homes and neighbours in Tuesday night's fire.

The fire has also become a symbol of class inequality - the Grenfell Tower's charred remains stand high above one of the British capital's wealthiest neighbourhoods.

That is despite charitable donations exceeding £3million, and the Prime Minister pledging £5million through an emergency fund.

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