Cladding used in London's Grenfell Tower is 'banned in Britain'

Queen Elizabeth II and her husband Prince Philip have observed a minute of silence to honor the victims of the London high-rise fire.

The death toll is at least 30.

"Put to the test, the United Kingdom has been resolute in the face of adversity".

The gutted tower block after firefighters had successfully fought the blaze.

The protesters also held up pictures of those still missing and now feared dead, as the crowd shouted: "No justice, no peace!"

Asked about the number of dead, he said he hoped the death toll would not reach "triple figures" and indicated a criminal investigation into the cause of the fire is underway.

May said the government would spend £5 million for clothes, food and emergency supplies to the victims.

In an interview with the BBC late Friday, May insisted she was "deeply affected" by the "horrifying" stories of survivors, and repeated that she was determined to help. At least 30 people have been killed, hundreds of others have been left homeless and dozens of others are missing.

"We must also prepare people for the awful reality that some people may not be identified due to the intensity of the fire".

Families of the victims and residents of Grenfell said they were furious that the local government had for years ignored their complaints about the building's lack of measures in case of fire and had not adequately attended to survivors of the blaze.

After about an hour and a half, a group of 50 to 60 protesters ran up the steps of the building and stormed inside, chanting "We want justice!"

British Prime Minister Theresa May has ordered a judge-led full public inquiry into the incident.

Scores of demonstrators surged towards the building's entrance and scuffles broke out outside as organisers appealed for calm.

Residents demanded that Cundy explain why more information had not been released on the numbers missing and why more identities had not been confirmed. She was pictured speaking to emergency workers, but was kept away from the public - with officials citing security concerns and suggesting she didn't want to distract police and others from their work.

She then went to visit victims in the church where Corbyn was pictured hugging crying victims.

On Saturday May spent over two hours meeting residents from the north Kensington area at her Downing Street residence and chaired a meeting on the government's response to the fire.

"It says: "[The inquiry] must be empowered to consider all the steps that were, or were not, taken leading up to and contributing to this most awful incident. "People have lost their lives, people have had their homes destroyed, they have fled for their lives with absolutely nothing".

"We entirely support the calling of the public inquiry and will co-operate in whatever way we can with it so that local people have all the answers about what has happened", the council said.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan increased the pressure on May by writing an open letter to her, demanding a series of assurances.

The Prime Minister is facing particular scrutiny over the role of her new chief of staff, Gavin Barwell, who served as housing minister until he lost his seat in last week's snap general election.

The £5m Grenfell Tower Residents' Discretionary Fund, announced by Mrs May, includes the aim to re-house residents within three weeks as close to where they lived before as possible, to pay for temporary housing in the meantime and to provide extra financial assistance.

Mohammed Alhajali, who was 23 and a civil engineering student, was the first victim to be named.

  • Salvatore Jensen