Police say 80 people are now dead or missing and presumed dead after Grenfell Tower fire

 
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Views Of The Remains Of The Grenfell Tower Block
The Grenfell Tower block which was set alight earlier this month (Source: Getty)

Police said today that 80 people are now dead or missing and presumed dead after Grenfell Tower fire.

Scotland Yard said police have made contact with at least one person from 106 out of the total 129 flats in the north Kensington block.

However, the police also said the toal number of deaths may not be confirmed until next year.

"We are many months from being able to provide a number that we believe accurately represents the total loss of life inside Grenfell Tower," said temporary detective chief superintendent Fiona McCormack.

"Only after we have completed the search and recovery operation - which will take until the end of the year - and then months afterwards, when experts have carried out the identification process, will we be in a position to tell you who has died.

"What I can say is that we still believe around 80 people to be either dead or sadly missing and I must presume that they are dead.

"There are people who I believe can still help my investigation to better establish a clearer picture."

Labour is due to table an amendment to the Queen's Speech this evening, demanding an end to cuts to emergency services and calling for the government to scrap the public sector pay cap in the wake of the fire.

Opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn is putting forward the amendment as a "test case" for MPs' attitudes to austerity, and is also using it as an opportunity to praise the fire service's response to the Grenfell Tower blaze.

Following the fire, large-scale testing of cladding on UK buildings has found that the external coverings on 120 blocks in 37 areas in England are unsafe. Prime Minister Theresa May has responded by ordering a national investigation into tower block cladding.

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