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Minute's silence as police confirm 79 died in Grenfell fire

Grenfell Tower Photo: Victoria Jones/PA Wire

The community observed a minute's silence in Kensington this morning as police confirmed that the number of people dead - and missing presumed dead - after the Grenfell Tower disaster has risen to 79.

Five of those 79 people have so far been formally identified, Commander Cundy added - the rest are missing presumed dead.

Mr Cundy said the death toll may still change, but not as significantly as it has in recent days.

He fought back tears as he told reporters about the scene inside the 24-storey tower in north Kensington.

He said it had been "incredibly emotional working in there", adding: "On Saturday I went in myself and went to the top floor.

"And it is incredibly hard to describe the devastation in some parts of that building."

Kensington Credit: PA

NHS England said 17 patients are still being treated in four London hospitals. Of these, nine are in critical care.

Six critical care patients are being treated at King's College Hospital.