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Grenfell Tower: Cladding ‘changed to cheaper version’

Grenfell Tower: Cladding ‘changed to cheaper version’

Cladding fitted to Grenfell Tower during its refurbishment was changed to a cheaper version, documents obtained by the BBC suggest. Documents show the aluminium cladding was less fire-resistant than zinc, thereby saving nearly £300,000. The cladding – fitted as part of the refurbishment of the west London tower – is thought to have contributed to […]

Grenfell Tower: Man charged with fire death ‘fraud’

Grenfell Tower: Man charged with fire death ‘fraud’

Image copyright Getty Images A 52-year-old man has been charged with fraud after allegedly claiming family members died in the Grenfell Tower block blaze. Anh Nhu Nguyen, of no fixed address, was charged with five counts on Thursday evening, police said. He was remanded in custody and will appear at Westminster Magistrates Court in central […]

East London acid attack: Image of suspect released

East London acid attack: Image of suspect released

Image copyright Metropolitan Police Image caption Police said they would like to speak to John Tomlin in connection with the attack Police have released an image of a man they want to talk to in connection with an acid attack in east London. Two people were left with “life-changing” injuries when a corrosive substance was […]

Northern Ireland women to get free abortions in England

Northern Ireland women to get free abortions in England

Media captionSarah Ewart: ‘Why can’t we have abortions in NI?’ Women from Northern Ireland will be able to get free abortions in England, the government has said. More than 50 MPs from the major parties had backed a Labour-led call for the women to have access to NHS abortions in England. They currently have to […]

Pride in London sorry for ‘misjudged’ poster campaign

Pride in London sorry for ‘misjudged’ poster campaign

Image copyright Twitter An LGBT+ organisation has apologised after some of the messages it created to publicise a forthcoming gay pride campaign were criticised. Pride in London launched its Love Happens Here posters to promote the capital’s Pride Festival, which takes place between 24 June and 9 July. But after a backlash on social media, […]

Gayle Newland: Sex attacker who posed as man found guilty

Gayle Newland: Sex attacker who posed as man found guilty

Image copyright PA Image caption Newland will be sentenced on 20 July A woman has been convicted of impersonating a man for more than two years in an “astonishing deception” to trick her female friend into sex. Gayle Newland, 27, of Willaston, Cheshire, created a “disturbingly complex” online persona to achieve her own “bizarre sexual […]

Grenfell Tower fire: Judge ‘doubt’ over inquiry scope

Grenfell Tower fire: Judge ‘doubt’ over inquiry scope

Image copyright PA Image caption Sir Martin saw the floral tributes left near the scene of the fire The retired judge heading the inquiry into the Grenfell Tower fire says he is “doubtful” the process will be as wide-ranging as some residents hope. Sir Martin Moore-Bick said the probe could be limited to the cause, […]

Northern Ireland women to get abortion funding

Northern Ireland women to get abortion funding

Image copyright AFP/Getty Women from Northern Ireland will be able to get abortions on the NHS in England, the chancellor has announced. More than 50 MPs from the major parties had backed a call for Northern Irish women to have abortions for free in England – they currently have to pay. In Northern Ireland abortions […]

Grenfell Tower: Retired judge to lead disaster inquiry

Grenfell Tower: Retired judge to lead disaster inquiry

Image copyright British High Commission in Brunei Image caption Sir Martin spent more than 20 years as a judge of the Commercial Court and Court of Appeal Retired Court of Appeal judge Sir Martin Moore-Bick has been chosen to lead the public inquiry into the Grenfell Tower fire, sources say. The government is likely to […]

Stalking victim Helen Pearson rejects police apology over stabbing

Stalking victim Helen Pearson rejects police apology over stabbing

Image caption Helen Pearson said the apology from Devon and Cornwall Police did not stop her suffering A woman who was stabbed by her stalker has dismissed a police apology as “meaningless”. Helen Pearson, 34, suffered neck and face wounds when her neighbour Joseph Willis attacked her with scissors in an Exeter graveyard. She had […]