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What action is being taken across UK in wake of Grenfell?

  • Video report by ITV News Correspondent Dan Rivers

A national safety operation is urgently taking place to identify buildings with cladding like that used on Grenfell Tower.

Three towers in Barnet, north-east London were found to have similar rain screen panels on their cladding as Grenfell Tower, which are to be removed.

In addition to Barnett, a further eight councils in London are removing cladding, along with Plymouth, Portsmouth, Salford and Sunderland.

Sprinklers are to be retro-fitted in areas including Birmingham, Nottingham and Croydon, while authorities in Liverpool are looking at drawing up an at-risk register for vulnerable people who may need extra help in case of a fire.

Camden Council has evacuated four of five tower blocks after firefighters said they could not guarantee the safety of the buildings due to concerns over fire doors, gas pipes and insulation, combined with external cladding.

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Manufacturer halts sales of Grenfell Tower panels

Sales of the panels attached to Grenfell Tower have been halted for high-rise buildings by its manufacturer.

Arconic stopped global sales of its Reynobond PE cladding for tall buildings, citing concerns about the "inconsistency of building codes across the world".

Coated in aluminium, the material has a plastic core which is suspected to have accelerated the spread of the deadly blaze on June 14.

Reynobond PE has reportedly been banned for use on towers in countries such as Germany and the US but not in the UK.

The decision came on the same day the Government announced that flammable cladding has been found on 75 high-rise buildings across 26 local authority areas tested in the wake of the Grenfell disaster.

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