Dead, missing toll in London fire rises to 79, police say

Police said Saturday that 30 people had been confirmed dead since the fire, while another 28 remain missing and are presumed dead. Just generally [they had] too much going on in the last few days. "It will also be a subject that the criminal investigation will be looking at".

Meanwhile, a company involved in the renovation of the tower was forced to deny cladding on the building was banned in the United Kingdom after comments made by Chancellor Philip Hammond.

'I must consider the fact that there may be others in the building who, for whatever reason have not been reported to us.

"There are wider regulatory offences but I think manslaughter is the most serious and that's the one that needs to be looked at first".

Investigators would examine whether building regulations were breached when the block was refurbished, and the public inquiry set up by the government would also examine if rules had been broken, Mr Hammond said.

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Two government ministers - Treasury chief Philip Hammond and Trade Minister Greg Hands - said Sunday the cladding used on the building's exterior seems to be banned by British regulations.

"In the wake of (the) Grenfell fire we have to recognise that something has gone badly, badly wrong in this country, that predominantly poor people die in a towering inferno because possibly in the long term (there had been a) lack of public investment", Corbyn told ITV's Peston on Sunday programme.

Following the fire, the building's safety precautions have been called into question, with some saying cladding - building material usually attached directly to the frame of a building to act as an outer wall to provide insulation and protection from the elements - caused the fire to spread.

The new exterior cladding used in a renovation on London's Grenfell Tower may have been banned under United Kingdom building regulations, two British ministers have revealed.

Releasing the first images from inside the burnt-out building, Cdr Stuart Cundy said some of the victims may never be identified.

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A spokesman for the Department for Communities and Local Government told CNN that the use of a composite aluminum panel with a polyethylene core would breach current United Kingdom building regulations guidance, which says this material should not be used as cladding on buildings over 18 meters (59 feet) in height. Hands cautioned that officials dont yet have exact details about the renovation that ended just a year ago.

Labour Party lawmaker David Lammy said the Government and the police should immediately seize all documents relating to the building's renovation to prevent the destruction of evidence that could show criminal wrongdoing.

He said all records, including emails, minutes of meetings, correspondence with contractors, safety assessments, specifications and reports must be kept intact.

Downing Street said every household who lost their home in the fire that tore through the 24 storey tower on Wednesday morning would receive a minimum payment from the fund to help them pay for funeral costs, find new places to live and replace belongings.

Three more victims killed in the Grenfell Tower disaster have been named, after Scotland Yard announced the death toll had risen to 79.

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