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Tense scenes as Grenfell Tower families demand answers from police

Families were told answers on those missing may not come until the end of the year.

Families of victims of the Grenfell Tower fire arrive at a meeting with the police and the coroner.
Families of victims of the Grenfell Tower fire arrive at a meeting with the police and the coroner.
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SURVIVORS OF THE Grenfell Tower fire disaster and relatives of victims met with investigators in London last night but some were reportedly unhappy with the answers they received.

BBC News reports that Westminster coroner Dr Fiona Wilcox was asked by survivors for information about those missing but were told the “recovery phase” could last until the end of the year.

The death toll following the fire in the tower block officially stands at 80 but is expected to rise as those who are missing are confirmed to have died.

Met Police Commander Stuart Cundy was also taking questions along with the coroner with the BBC reporting that people were told to email questions before the meeting.

Among the people present at the meeting was Nabil Choucair who The Guardian says is missing six family members since the fire.

“People just really, really want to know what happened to their loved ones,” Choucair told The Guardian.

The answers are not being given. People are asking the questions, but we are being told, ‘We still don’t know.’

The Grenfell Response Team has said that 139 offers of housing have been made to affected families but BBC News is reporting that just nine have been accepted and that many families are still living in hotels.

Today marks three weeks since the fire and Prime Minister Theresa May had pledged that families would be rehoused within that timescale.

Read: ‘I have to accept my share of responsibility’: Council leader steps down in wake of Grenfell fire >

Read: 149 high-rise buildings in Britain have failed fire safety tests since the blaze at Grenfell Tower >

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