Anger erupts in London as Grenfell protesters take to the streets

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Earlier this week, May was confronted by protesters furious over her handling of the Grenfell Tower disaster.

Hundreds of people marched from Kensington town hall toward the gutted tower on Friday evening, some brandishing Socialist Worker Party placards emblazoned with slogans including "Defy Tory Rule" and "no justice, no peace".

Protest organiser Mustafa Mansour read out a list of requests submitted to Royal Chelsea and Kensington Borough, including a commitment for the "immediate rehousing of all the victims. within the borough".

The crowd later began marching towards Kensington High Street, chanting "no justice, no peace".

The queen said that during recent visits to meet victims she had been struck by the inclination of people to offer comfort and support to those in need.

"Over 6,000 calls have been received by the police and that's calls into centres up and down the United Kingdom".

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"But, frankly, the support on the ground for families who needed help or basic information in the initial hours after this appalling disaster was not good enough", May said in a statement on Saturday after meeting victims of the tragedy in her official residence at Downing Street.

There was a large police presence as Mrs May met a group of victims, residents, volunteers and community leaders at St Clement's Church close to the scene of the horrific blaze on Friday afternoon.

Mrs May was greeted with cries of "coward" and "shame on you" as she returned to the site of the devastating fire in west London on Friday.

"Something awful has happened", she answered.

"This is an absolutely bad fire that took place". "People lost their lives on Tuesday".

"It is hard to escape a very sombre national mood", the queen said in a statement to mark her official birthday - an occasion that typically does not result in any public comments from the monarch.

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Many wept as they joined in with renditions of Bob Marley's Three Little Birds and Amazing Grace during a short service which ended with a two-minute silence.

"Sadly at this time, there are 58 people who we have been told were in Grenfell Tower on the night that are missing and therefore sadly I have to assume that they are dead", Commander Stuart Cundy told reporters, insinuating the figure could change. "Based on what we know there is nothing to suggest that the fire was started deliberately", Cundy said. "Just tell them!" said local resident Karen Brown, 36.

The prime minister's performance was met with scorn on social media but also by once-friendly media outlets such as the Daily Mail, which panned her interview showing on its website under the headline "Maybot malfunction".

The death toll had previously stood at 30 and officials added that it would likely take weeks for all the bodies to be recovered and some may never be identified.

The London Evening Standard launched an appeal on a dedicated website dispossessedfund.org.uk, raising almost £1.5m by Saturday morning.

And another set up by Karolina Hanusova has raised more than £388,240.

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