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Grenfell fire protesters storm town hall

16 June 2017 National News


Protesters demonstrating over the deadly Grenfell Tower blaze have stormed Kensington and Chelsea town hall.

Dozens of demonstrators holding up placards and appeal posters shouted “we want an inquest” and “we want justice” as they entered the building.

Several people appeared to clash with security guards inside, before leaving the building and gathering on the steps outside.

Image: Police confront protesters outside the town hall

More than 20 police officers rushed into the town hall to restore order and mounted police are on stand-by, Sky Correspondent Enda Brady said.

It comes as Sky News understands the number of people feared dead in the fire is now around 70.

Some protesters were called away from the town hall’s foyer by protest organiser Mustafa Mansour, who urged them to remain calm.

Dozens of protesters stormed into the town hall

Image: Dozens of protesters stormed into the town hall

Mr Mansour detailed a list of requests the Radical Housing Network submitted to Royal Chelsea and Kensington Borough, including a commitment for the “immediate rehousing of all the victims…within the borough”.

He urged protesters to remain on scene until they receive “answers” from the council over the blaze on Wednesday.

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Security guards confront demonstrators in Kensington and Chelsea town hall

Image: Security guards confront demonstrators in Kensington and Chelsea town hall

In a written response, a council spokesman said: “We plan to house residents of Grenfell Tower as locally as we can.

“But we may well need help from our close neighbours. We want to rehouse people in a good home as quickly as we can.

“The council is committed to looking after the immediate and longer-term housing needs of all those affected by the fire.”

Demonstrators confront a man outside the town hall

Image: Demonstrators confront a man outside the town hall

Mr Mansour said the response “was not satisfactory”.

He added: “The council’s response will be published online, however I request all of us to stay put until we get a firm response from the council on their commitments.

“We have requested the senior council leaders to come out.”

Dozens of protesters rally outside Kensington and Chelsea town hall

Image: Dozens of protesters rally outside Kensington and Chelsea town hall

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Earlier, police confirmed at least 30 people died in the disaster.

Met Police commander Stuart Cundy said he believes the death toll will continue to rise further, adding that the building is in a “hazardous state” and no survivors are expected to be found.

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