Building at Sheffield Children's Hospital fails fire cladding test

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Police investigating the Grenfell Tower fire have recovered 87 sets of human remains but can not confirm they are from 87 individuals.

And information from survivors and families led police to believe there are more human remains inside the building which could take many months to recover, commander Stuart Cundy said on Wednesday.

Three weeks after a blaze tore through the high-rise apartment building, the Metropolitan Police force said 87 "recoveries" of human remains have been made, but may not be from 87 different people.

On Tuesday night police and Dr. Wilcox met with families and loved ones of those dead, or missing and presumed dead in the fire, to update them on the progress of the search and recovery operation, as well as the investigation into how and why the fire started and spread.

Buildings at three NHS trusts in England have failed fire safety tests in the wake of the Grenfell Tower disaster, NHS Improvement has said.

The official death toll prior to this new discovery was 80 and only 21 victims have been formally identified.

Previously, temporary Detective Chief Superintendent Fiona McCormack said: "Specialist experts - BRE - are working on a flat by flat assessment of every safety feature so we can provide individual accounts to families, the public inquiry, and my investigation". Polyteck was not involved with any work carried out on Grenfell Tower.

"This is our community and we have failed it when people needed us the most", she said.

Sharma, who as Minister of State for Housing and Planning has overseen much of the recovery work on the west London tower block, was giving a statement in the House of Commons about the situation of residents and locals following the fire.

"We assume that sadly no one from any of those flats survived", Cundy said.

"Some might choose to remain in hotels until they have an offer of permanent tenancy", he added.

He went on: "In some cases the people on the ground, offering these families support, have made clear that it would be inappropriate at this time to ask them to make a decision about where they live".

Both the local government that owned Grenfell Tower and Britain's central government have struggled to respond to accusations that they were slow to grasp the magnitude of the June 15 tragedy - the country's deadliest fire in more than a century - and flat-footed in their response. The new arrangements are being undertaken with the consent of the new council leadership rather than being imposed.

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