Grenfell Tower victims and community leaders meeting PM at Downing Street

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Commander Stuart Cundy said 58 people who were in Grenfell Tower on the night of the blaze are missing and presumed dead.

After a turbulent three months which has seen Britain scarred by three deadly Islamist militant attacks and now the tower blaze, Queen Elizabeth said the mood was deeply sombre but that the British people were resolute in the face of adversity.

The local Grenfell Action Group had claimed, before and during a major 10-million-pound refurbishment of Grenfell Tower a year ago, that the block constituted a fire risk and residents had warned that access to the site for emergency vehicles was "severely restricted". "As Prime Minister, I will be responsible for implementing its findings".

He said he was not interested in knowing why they had left it so long to make themselves known, but stressed that it was vital for police to know they are safe and well.

"We are now looking to source interim accommodation for those Grenfell Tower residents and also trying to assist, where possible, elderly and vulnerable residents from surrounding areas who have been unable to return to their homes due to the safety cordon", they said in a statement. They say their complaints were ignored. "(But there was) nothing, they weren't collating these numbers".

Opponents said May's handling of the fire has thrust her position further into doubt by showing a failure to feel the public mood and act decisively.

The Met said there were around 800 protesters.

She added: "The response of the emergency services, NHS and the community has been heroic".

Victims, volunteers and community leaders from the Grenfell Tower disaster arrive in Downing Street.

On Friday she was met with shouts of "coward" and "shame on you" when she emerged from a Kensington church where, under a heavy police presence she had met with victims and community leaders.

One woman wept saying it was because Mrs May had declined to speak to anyone outside the meeting.

She was heavily criticised for a Newsnight interview which aired last night and was accused of failing to answer a single question when pressed on the tragedy.

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".

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 the displaced families. "People died in their homes".

There is simmering anger in the multi-ethnic Kensington area hit by the blaze, and public fury has been directed at senior government figures, including Prime Minister Theresa May, when they visited the stricken area.

He said: "I absolutely understand the frustration of why figures haven't been released earlier". People have lost their lives and others have lost everything, all their possessions, their home and everything. But we may well need help from our close neighbours'.

"The country has witnessed a succession of awful tragedies".

He also formally confirmed named the first fire victims as Mohammed al-Haj Ali, a 23-year-old tower resident. "I absolutely get why they're angry".

"Government is making money available, we're ensuring that we're going to get to the bottom of what's happened, we will ensure that people are rehoused", she added.

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