Ch Supt Matt Welsted, of Cheshire Police, said: “This is a truly tragic incident, and our deepest condolences go out to the families affected at this extremely difficult time.”
He said the force was working closely with the HSE, the local council and Building Control on the investigation into how the collapse happened.
Following the collapse, close to the Bombardier manufacturing site, police closed Dunwoody Way at the junction of West Street.
Bodies being recovered
“I would like to reassure members of the public that nobody else is at risk,” Ch Supt Welsted continued.
“A residential property has been damaged as a result of the incident, the occupants were not injured and were checked over by medical professionals. They have since been relocated while the investigation continues.
“The bodies of those who have sadly lost their lives will shortly be recovered from the scene.”
He urged anyone with footage taken from the scene to “please respect the families involved” and if any could be of use to the investigation make it available to investigators.
The UK is due to leave the EU by the end of March 2019.
Both sides say they want to come to an arrangement to secure the status of about 3.2 million EU nationals living in the UK, and 900,000 Britons overseas, but nothing has been decided so far.
UK opposition parties have urged the government to make a unilateral guarantee to the EU migrants – but ministers have insisted a reciprocal deal is needed to ensure British expats are protected.
Downing Street did not reveal details of Mrs May’s proposals, but the PM has previously called for the issue to be settled as quickly as possible.
Full details of her plans are expected to be published on Monday.
Mrs May will not be present when the leaders of the remaining 27 EU states hold a brief discussion about Brexit after her presentation. They are expected to consider the relocation of the two EU agencies governing medicine and banking which are currently based in London.
Of the 27 bills in the Queen’s Speech, eight related to Brexit and its impact on immigration, trade and sectors such as fisheries and farming.
At the centre was the so-called Repeal Bill, which will copy over all EU laws into UK law, with Parliament then deciding which bits to retain.
With MPs voting on the speech next week, the Conservatives are hoping an arrangement with Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party will be in place to support their minority government.
But despite both sides saying they were confident of a deal being agreed, sources suggested to the BBC the DUP were “getting to the limits” of what they were requesting in return for supporting the Tories – with the chances of a plausible long-term deal, rather than a short-term bargain to get the Queen’s Speech through, diminishing.
BBC political correspondent Ben Wright said that if the Queen’s Speech was approved it was likely to mark the start of a “gruelling often nail biting period of parliamentary attrition” dominated by Brexit legislation.
As well as clearing the Commons, the legislation will also have to navigate the House of Lords, where the Tories also do not have a majority.
Amid questions that peers could seek to break with convention and block legislation because the Conservatives failed to win an overall majority, Labour’s Lords leader Baroness Smith said the unelected chamber would respect the primacy of the Commons.
However, she stressed this did not mean the government, suggesting any amendments backed by MPs could be supported by peers.
Another potential obstacle could emerge if the approval of the Scottish Parliament is needed for the Repeal Bill.
Speaking in the Commons after the Queen’s Speech, Mrs May said there was a “possibility” the bill, which is needed to stop EU law applying in the UK, could require Holyrood’s consent.
“That is a matter which is currently being considered both here and in Scotland,” she said.
At the two-day summit whose agenda is formally dominated by immigration, security and the economy, Mrs May will also brief her counterparts on the UK’s commitment to a new £75 million plan designed to stem the flow of illegal migrants from Africa to Europe.
The chief executive of Kensington and Chelsea council has resigned amid criticism over the borough’s response to the Grenfell Tower fire.
Nicholas Holgate said Local Government Secretary Sajid Javid had asked for him to go, but Mr Javid has not commented.
Mr Holgate said last week’s fire in North Kensington, in which at least 79 people died, was “heart-breaking” but his presence would be a “distraction”.
Residents had condemned the initial relief effort as “absolute chaos”.
In a statement issued by the council on Wednesday, Mr Holgate, who has been in post since 2014, said it was the “highest priority” of the council to help families affected by the fire.
He said the communities and local government secretary had on Tuesday “required the leader of the council to seek my resignation”.
Mr Holgate said: “Despite my wish to have continued, in very challenging circumstances, to lead on the executive responsibilities of the council, I have decided that it is better to step down from my role, once an appropriate successor has been appointed.
“There is a huge amount still to do for the victims of the fire, requiring the full attention of this council and many others. If I stayed in post, my presence would be a distraction.”
He added: “Whilst the public inquiry and other investigations will get to the truth of the causes of this tragedy and the management of its aftermath, I strongly believe that councillors and officers have always endeavoured to have the interests of our residents at heart and will continue to do so.”
Nicholas Paget-Brown, the leader of the council, said it was with “regret” that he had accepted Mr Holgate’s resignation.
He said: “The council has been grief stricken by the tragedy of the Grenfell Tower fire and has sought to provide the greatest level of support we can to victims.
“That is a huge challenge and Nicholas has led from the front in seeking to do this.”
The Department for Communities and Local Government would not comment on the resignation.
Since the fire on 14 June, some Grenfell Tower families have been staying in hotels and BBs, and there were concerns that more permanent housing would be offered in other parts of the country.
And residents have said that Kensington and Chelsea council provided little support or information.
Government staff and other London boroughs were drafted in to help with relief efforts in the wake of the fire, with humanitarian assistance being provided by the west London borough of Ealing.
The council’s £8.6m refurbishment of the tower has also faced questions, with suggestions that new cladding fitted during the refurbishment could have made the blaze worse.
The PM, who is among those to have faced criticism after she failed to meet survivors in the immediate aftermath, has apologised for “State” failures after the blaze. She is expected to make a statement about the fire in the House of Commons on Thursday.
She told MPs on Wednesday: “People were left without belongings, without roofs over their heads, without even basic information about what had happened, what they should do and where they could seek help.”
And the government announced that 68 social housing flats in Kensington Row, about 1.5 miles away from Grenfell Tower, would be made available to survivors.
The funeral of 23-year-old Syrian refugee Mohammed Alhajali, who was among the first victims of the fire to be named, also took place on Wednesday.
His family, who arrived from war-torn Syria, and Mayor of London Sadiq Khan attended the ceremony, called a Janazat, at an east London mosque.
Meanwhile, a number of inquests have been opened and adjourned, with the coroner finding:
Retired lorry driver Anthony Disson, 65, died from inhalation of fire fumes
Farah Hamdan, a 31-year-old nursery nurse, died from smoke inhalation
Her husband, Omar Belkadi, 32, who worked as a courier, died from inhalation from fire fumes
Abufars Ibrahim, a 39-year-old shopkeeper, had been visiting his mother in the tower. The coroner said he had been found at the foot of the building and died from multiple injuries
Khadija Khalloufi, a 52-year-old married woman, also died from inhalation of fire fumes
And even in the UK, the heat can be problematic for older people, leading to bodies like the NHS, the charity Age UK, and the Royal Voluntary Service all issuing advice for the elderly when the temperatures rise.
Drinking six to eight glasses of water or fruit juices a day
Dressing appropriately, such as in a hat and loose-fitting, light-coloured clothes
Staying out of the sun during hottest parts of the day
“You sure wouldn’t want to be in Australia in the middle of summer. Walk outside and you’ll look like a shrimp on the Barbie,” writes Julie Rae, while Mark Whiting scoffs that Britons “need to get out more”.
He also mentions how the town of Birdsville “nudges the 50C mark”.
However, a few people commenting on that same story have offered a more understanding point of view.
Lawton Rose points out that “the UK is just not built for this sort of weather”, while Australian Daniel Richardson also posted that hot weather feels like “a different kind of heat when you live in an old city designed to mostly just handle cold”.
Perhaps those Aussies with scathing views of Brits sweltering in the heat are grumpy because it’s their winter right now. Just take a look at Bondi Beach.
The Conservatives are hoping the DUP will sustain their minority government.
The warning from a senior DUP source to BBC Northern Ireland political editor Mark Devenport comes the day before the government’s Queen’s Speech is presented to Parliament.
Although they have not reached a final deal, DUP leader Arlene Foster has said it is “right and proper” that her MPs support the Conservative government’s first Queen’s Speech.
Earlier cabinet minister Chris Grayling predicted a “sensible” deal would be reached.
The transport secretary said the talks were “going well”, adding that the DUP, which has 10 MPs, did not want another election or Jeremy Corbyn in Downing Street.
Theresa May is seeking to negotiate a so-called “confidence and supply” arrangement whereby the DUP will throw their weight behind the government in key Commons votes, such as on the Queen’s Speech and Budgets.
It is a week since DUP leader Arlene Foster visited Downing Street for talks with Theresa May, with reports that a final agreement is being held up by discussions over extra funding for Northern Ireland.
Should Mrs May lose any votes on the Queen’s Speech, which are expected to take place next week, it would amount to a vote of no confidence in the government and put its future in doubt.
But Mr Grayling told BBC Radio 4′s Today programme that he did not expect this to happen.
“The talks are going on but one thing I am absolutely certain of is that the DUP do not want to see another election and Jeremy Corbyn in Downing Street,” he said. “We are having good, constructive discussions and I am confident we will reach a sensible agreement.”
Former Prime Minister Sir John Major has urged Theresa May to reconsider her approach, saying a deal with the DUP could threaten the Northern Ireland peace process and “carry baggage” for his party. He has said the Conservatives should be able to govern anyway with the DUP’s tacit support.
Asked about the repercussions if there was no agreement, Mr Grayling replied: “I am not pessimistic about this. I think we will have a sensible arrangement.
“We have got some days until we have a vote on the Queen’s Speech. It is not on Queen’s Speech day. The vote happens many days later as we have an extended debate first and I am sure we will have a sensible arrangement between the parties when that time comes.”
The DUP had made it clear, he added, that they did not want “an unstable government undermining our union” and wanted to see us “go ahead with the Brexit negotiations with a sensible government in place”.
Some patients being treated after the Grenfell Tower fire have weeks and possibly months of recovery ahead of them, a doctor treating them has said.
Fourteen people are in hospital – eight receiving critical care and some in induced comas – NHS England has said.
King’s College Hospital Clinical Director Duncan Bew said hundreds of patients had been expected but did not arrive, adding: “It was very sad.”
The west London tower fire left 79 people dead, or missing presumed dead.
More than £330,000 of a £5m emergency fund has been distributed to the affected families, according to the official Grenfell response team – made up of council and government staff, charity workers, and police and fire service representatives.
It said 314 people have now received financial assistance, while 40 households have been given a £5,000 government payment.
Some 138 hotel placements have been made for people living in Grenfell Tower and Grenfell Walk, it added, while 112 additional residents from the wider area now in hotels.
In a statement, the response team said it was not aware of any victims living in a park, that nobody was being forced into accommodation and and people were being homed “as local as possible”.
The Home Office told the programme it will “not use this tragic incident as a reason to carry out immigration checks on those involved”.
“We will not charge people who need to replace documentation that has been lost in the fire,” it added.
Five of the victims have so far been named.
Anthony Disson, 65, Ya-Haddy Sisi Saye, 24, also known as Khadija Saye, and Abufars Ibrahim, 39, and Khadija Khalloufi, 52 – were identified on Monday.
Mohammad Alhajali, 23, was the first victim to be formally identified.
So far 126 hotel places have been found for residents of Grenfell Tower and Grenfell Walk.
The GRT – which includes local and regional government from across London, central government, the British Red Cross, Met Police and London Fire Brigade – said those due to have been rehoused would be living in Kensington and Chelsea or a neighbouring borough.
Mr Khan echoed their point, saying: “People are angry, not simply at the poor response in the days afterwards from the council and the government, but at the years of neglect from the council.
“There’s a feeling that the council and government don’t understand their concerns and don’t care.”
He added: “People in this community are sick to death of platitudes from politicians.”
Kensington and Chelsea Council leader Nicholas Paget-Brown said he understood residents’ anger and that the authority itself wanted to know why the fire had started and spread so quickly.
He added that the disaster was too big for one authority to handle alone and it was inaccurate to suggest his council was not present on the ground or working with other authorities.
The government has sent in a team of civil servants to bolster the relief effort. They were spotted in high-visibility jackets in the area on Sunday afternoon.
Boy, 6, donates pocket money
Father’s day cards among fire tributes
Stars gather for charity single
Details of how the government’s £5m emergency fund have been outlined, including:
Funding will be made available for people staying in temporary accommodation
A discretionary fund is available to help meet funeral costs
There will also be funding for legal representation for residents involved in the public inquiry
An extra £1.5m will pay for mental health support for the emergency services
Mrs May said: “My government will continue to do absolutely everything possible to help all of those affected through the difficult days, weeks, months and years ahead.”
A newly-established “Grenfell Fire Response Team” has been set up to lead the relief effort, which will include a 24-hour operation at the Westway Sports Centre.
The new team is made up of local and central government, the Red Cross, the Metropolitan Police and the London Fire Brigade.
Eleanor Kelly, chief executive of Southwark Council, said speeding up the rehousing process would be the main priority.
The Red Cross has been asked to increase its role and and its staff will be part of teams allocated to every household affected by the fire, as well as meeting bereaved relatives as they arrive at airports.
The charity’s helpline – 0800 4589472 – is now the central point of contact for all people affected.
Mrs Kelly added in a statement: “There is nothing we can say that will blunt the feeling of loss and anger.
“But I hope the new team and this package of support will start to get those affected by this tragedy the urgent assistance from the authorities they need.”
Earlier, writing in the Observer, Mr Khan had suggested that high-rise tower blocks dating from the 1960s and 1970s could be torn down in the wake of the fire, which he said may well be the “defining outcome of this tragedy”.
Chancellor Philip Hammond told BBC’s Andrew Marr Show that a criminal investigation would examine whether building regulations had been breached when the block was refurbished.
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn told ITV’s Peston on Sunday that the council had seemed to “lack the resources to deal with a crisis of this magnitude”, despite being the country’s “wealthiest borough”.
Meanwhile, Labour MP David Lammy, whose friend Khadija Saye is among the dead, has called for all documents relating to the refurbishment and management of Grenfell Tower to be protected.
Questions continue to be asked about why the fire spread so quickly, amid suggestions new cladding fitted during a recent overhaul could have been to blame.
The prime minister has come in for a barrage of criticism over her response to the disaster.
She was jeered on a visit to the North Kensington estate on Friday, and protesters marching on Friday and Saturday called for her resignation.
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Day one of the negotiations will start at about 11:00 BST at European Commission buildings in Brussels.
Mr Davis and the EU’s chief negotiator Michel Barnier, a former French foreign minister and EU commissioner, will give a joint press conference at the end of the day.
The UK minister, who will be accompanied by a team of British officials, is expected to say: “Today marks the start of negotiations that will shape the future of the European Union and the United Kingdom, and the lives of our citizens.
“We want both sides to emerge strong and prosperous, capable of projecting our shared European values, leading in the world, and demonstrating our resolve to protect the security of our citizens.
“I want to reiterate at the outset of these talks that the UK will remain a committed partner and ally of our friends across the continent.
“And while there is a long road ahead, our destination is clear – a deep and special partnership between the UK and the EU. A deal like no other in history.”
The BBC has been told by European Union sources that the talks will follow the EU’s preferred pattern of exit negotiations first, with the future relations between the two sides – including the free trade deal the UK is seeking – at a later date.
In a letter to Business Secretary Greg Clark, they urged the government to “put the economy first”.
The letter is from the British Chambers of Commerce, Confederation of British Industry, EEF, Federation of Small Businesses and Institute of Directors.
On the eve of talks, Chancellor Philip Hammond issued a strong warning about the implications of the UK leaving the EU without a deal in place.
Mr Hammond told the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show that having no deal would be “a very, very bad outcome for Britain” but added that one that aimed to “suck the lifeblood out of our economy over a period of time” would be even worse.
He called for a transition deal to be in place to avoid businesses being affected by a “cliff edge” scenario as the UK leaves.
Mr Hammond has said the UK should “prioritise protecting jobs, protecting economic growth and protecting prosperity”.