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Grenfell Inquiry update, and other stories

The blaze in June 2017 that started on the fourth floor. Image: Natalie Oxford CC BY 4.0 via Wikimedia Commons

Grenfell inquiry: Man who lived in flat where the fire started did ‘the right thing’

A public inquiry has heard that Behailu Kebede, the occupant of the fourth-floor flat where the Grenfell Tower fire started, followed advised procedure when he saw smoke.

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His lawyer, Rajiv Menon QC, said:

In short, Behailu Kebede did exactly what Grenfell Tower residents who discovered a fire in their flat were told to do by the fire action notice posted by the lifts.

Mr Menon urged journalists to leave Mr Kebede alone.

He said that Mr Kebede’s feelings of stress have been building as a result of the lies spread in the aftermath of the fire.

He denied claims that Mr Kebede fled the building with a packed suitcase.

West London stabbing: Man arrested for attempted murder

A man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after an 11-month old boy was stabbed in Hounslow, West London.

Rehan Khan handed himself in to the police on Wednesday.

The boy is in a stable but critical condition and a 32-year old woman is being treated for non-life threatening knife wounds.

The police said Mr Khan is known to the victims.

Police inquiries continue.

 

Train Delays: Theresa May says that ‘immediate action’ will be taken

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Prime Minister Theresa May has been urged to ‘get a grip’ of the current situation on the UK’s train lines.

During Prime Minister’s Questions today, former transport minister Theresa Villiers demanded action from Mrs May.

Theresa May said:

I absolutely recognise the problem that passengers have faced and it is that passengers have been let down. Delays that passengers have been experiencing are unacceptable and that’s why we need to take immediate action and that’s what the department of transport is doing.

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling has been heavily criticised over the increasing delays and cancellations following the introduction of new timetables last month.

 

European fruit picker shortage

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Recruitment agencies say that they cannot secure enough seasonal workers for British farmers to pick their fruit and vegetables.

Last year there was a 17% drop in the number of seasonal workers coming to the UK, according to the National Farmers Union.

This resulted in some fruit not being picked and left to rot in fields.

99% of seasonal workers come to the UK from Eastern Europe.

The number of people wanting to work in the UK have fallen since Brexit, according to AG Recruitment and Management, who source workers for 80 farms across the UK.

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