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Depth: 1 km
Distances: 150 km E of Reykjavík, Iceland / pop: 114,000 / local time: 18:30:23.0 2017-06-18
101 km E of Selfoss, Iceland / pop: 6,300 / local time: 18:30:23.0 2017-06-18
64 km E of Vestmannaeyjar, Iceland / pop: 4,200 / local time: 18:30:23.0 2017-06-18
The scandal of the treatment of the survivors of the Grenfell Tower catastrophe goes from shameful to vile.
As one of the survivors testifies in the video below, survivors are already being shipped out as far north as Preston in Lancashire – with some reports of people being offered as far north as Northumberland.
But these are not ‘offers’ in any meaningful sense of the word, because survivors are being told that if they fail to accept an offer they will be declared intentionally homeless.
And if you make yourself intentionally homeless, you do not qualify for any support or assistance:
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In another huge misstep, Kensington and Chelsea Borough Council have shown an astonishing insensitivity to survivors of the Grenfell Tower disaster.
The council has already caused anger among local people by stating that any survivor who accepts an offer of free temporary accommodation from a kind-hearted local builder will be removed from the council’s rehoming list. Now it transpires that the council itself has offered some Grenfell residents temporary accommodation – in a building that they describe as a ‘carbon copy’ of Grenfell Tower.
Some survivors have been offered rooms at a local Premier Inn, which in itself sounds unobjectionable. But anyone with a little local knowledge knows that the high-rise hotel bears a strong resemblance to the building that burned down last week with huge loss of life.
Including exterior cladding:
Grenfell Tower, left, and the Premier Inn into which the council wants to move survivors
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It would be an understatement to say that Kensington and Chelsea Borough Council is not covering itself in glory in the opinion of its residents. Anger among local people is running high after the terrible fire and what they say is a lack of useful intervention by the council and its staff, fuelled still further by insensitive letters hand-delivered to neighbours of Grenfell Tower about matters as trivial as ‘antisocial behaviour’ letters about ball games.
But things are getting worse. Residents have told the SKWAWKBOX of a local builder who recently completed twenty new apartments in the area and who has taken them off the market for three months to make them available – for free – to families made homeless by the blaze.
It’s a generous act of kindness typical of the way in which the community has pulled together in the days after the tragedy – but the…
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This is looking more like martial law
In the last few days, some news outlets have reported ‘riot police’ manning cordons in the area of Grenfell Tower:
However, neighbours of Grenfell Tower have told the SKWAWKBOX that armed police from the Metropolitan Police’s SCO-19 (formerly SO19) Specialist Firearms Command have been patrolling the estate.
The police in the image above, described as ‘riot police’ by a reporter, are wearing the dark blue caps typical of SCO19 armed officers. Although this is not absolutely definitive, the caps are certainly closely-associated with London’s armed police:
Police officers wearing baseball caps typical of SCO-19 on a cordon near Grenfell Tower
One young resident of the area alleges that an armed officer thrust the barrel of his weapon into his throat when the young man became frustrated at not being allowed to pass and go about his business.
The Metropolitan Police press office initially told the SKWAWKBOX that no armed police…
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Distances: 459 km SW of Reykjavík, Iceland / pop: 114,000 / local time: 09:06:56.3 2017-06-18
425 km SW of Keflavík, Iceland / pop: 8,000 / local time: 09:06:56.3 2017-06-18
417 km SW of Grindavík, Iceland / pop: 2,600 / local time: 09:06:56.3 2017-06-18