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Fraudster jailed for London fire disaster con

LONDON: A serial fraudster was jailed Friday after pretending that his family were killed in London's Grenfell Tower fire disaster in order to claim relief funds. Anh Nhu Nguyen, 53, was jailed for 21 months at London's Southwark Crown Court. His two-week campaign of deceit saw him receive around £11,270 ($15,540, 12,710 euros) from charities and the Kensington and Chelsea Council local authority. He told family liaison officers how he and his family wrapped themselves in sheets and towels before he lost sight of…

58 presumed dead in London tower fire: police

LONDON: A total of 58 people are presumed dead after the devastating fire in a London tower block, police chief Stuart Cundy told reporters on Saturday. “We’ve worked tirelessly to establish how many people we believe were in Grenfell Tower on the night and at this point in time we are unable to say that they are safe or well,” he said. “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.” Of the 58, he said the…

London fire toll hits 30, but dozens missing

LONDON: At least 30 people have been confirmed killed and dozens more are feared dead in the London tower block fire, police said on Friday, as firefighters continued searching for bodies amid outrage over the use of cladding blamed for spreading the flames. "We know that at least 30 people have died as a result of this fire... I do believe the number will increase," police commander Stuart Cundy told reporters in front of the charred Grenfell Tower. Cundy said police had started a criminal investigation but there was…

Twelve dead as massive fire engulfs London tower block

LONDON: At least 12 people perished on Wednesday after a massive inferno tore through a London apartment block, with witnesses reporting terrified residents had leapt from the tower and dropped their children in a desperate bid for survival. As smoke continued to billow from the gutted building, survivors voiced anger over longstanding safety fears at the 24-storey Grenfell Tower, which was home to between 600 and 800 people. Parents wrapped wet towels around their children as they tried to escape, while others were seen…