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Police 'are considering manslaughter charges' over the London tower blaze

24 Juin 2017

Some refused to leave.

Some 800 households in five tower blocks on the Chalcots Estate in Camden are being moved to temporary accommodation after firefighters said they could not guarantee the safety of the buildings, council leader Georgia Gould said.

However, Camden Council leader leader Georgia Gould told the BBC that some 83 residents are refusing to leave their homes in the potentially unsafe estate.

She said: "I'm in regular contact with Camden and they are doing everything to keep our residents safe".

Tower blocks in Wandsworth more than 10 storeys high are to have sprinklers installed in the wake of the Grenfell Tower tragedy.

Camden council representatives talk as they help residents as they are evacuated from the Burnham residential tower block on the Chalcots Estate, in the borough of Camden, north London, Friday, June 23, 2017. Many others were provided with hotel accommodation.

Camden Council initially said just 161 households in the Taplow building on the estate were being "temporarily decanted" to allow up to four weeks of work to the building.

"They are talking about evacuating all five blocks".

Residents complained of first hearing about the evacuation from the media and getting very short notice to leave from city officials going door to door.

Mohammed Sharif, who has lived on the Chalcots estate since 2009, told ITV News he was "confused", before adding "I don't know where they are going to take me. where can I go".

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"Those leaving. have been offered alternative rooms at hotels at County Hall and Waterloo in central London".

Flammable external cladding that is widely used to provide insulation and enhance the appearance of buildings has been identified as the culprit in the Grenfell disaster.

On Friday, police said they were considering filing manslaughter charges in the Grenfell incident.

The Metropolitan Police said cladding attached to the 24-story public housing project during a recent renovation failed safety tests conducted by investigators, and that they have seized documents from a number of organizations.

"We will identify and investigate any criminal offence and, of course, given the deaths of so many people we are considering manslaughter, as well as criminal offences and breaches of legislation and regulations", McCormack told reporters.

Meanwhile the government ordered immediate checks on the Hotpoint FF175BP fridge freezer model blamed for the blaze. The fire was not started deliberately, they said.

"Words can not express our sorrow at this awful tragedy", Whirlpool said in a statement.

The government has called on all building owners, public and private, to submit samples of cladding material used on their buildings for testing. She said it would examine all aspects of the cladding: the aluminium tiles, the insulation behind it, how it was fitted to building and the installation. Seventy-nine people have been confirmed dead, or are missing and presumed dead, from the blaze which ripped through the Kensington building.

Speaking while attending Armed Forces Day in Liverpool, Theresa May said: "For those Camden blocks, it wasn't just a question of the cladding; there were a number of issues that came together that meant that the fire service were concerned about those blocks and the action was taken by the local authority".

Police 'are considering manslaughter charges' over the London tower blaze