Theresa May chased away by Grenfell Tower protesters

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She later, under heavy policy guard, visited St Clement's Church, a community hub that has been offering support to residents since the fire, but was greeted by angry crowds, who shouted "coward" and "shame on you" as she left via a side door, again, without facing the public.

During the visit, they met with first responders from the Emergency Services, as well as local residents and community representatives.

After fire ravaged the 24-storey block in the early hours of Wednesday, Scotland Yard has said at least 58 people have died, or are missing and presumed dead.

If the number is confirmed, it would make the Grenfell Tower blaze the deadliest in London since World War Two. The toll had previously been put at 30.

Hundreds of people marched from Kensington town hall toward the gutted tower on Friday evening, some brandishing Socialist Worker Party placards emblazoned with slogans including "Defy Tory Rule" and "no justice, no peace".

Grief over a London high-rise tower fire that killed dozens turned to outrage Friday amid reports that the materials used in a recent renovation of the public housing block may have fueled the inferno.

Told there was a need for the public to hear her say something had gone badly wrong and the Government accepted responsibility, Mrs May said: "Something awful has happened".

"That will be a subject that the inquiry will look at". Everyone displaced will be housed nearby within three weeks, she promised.

One of her closest allies, Damian Green, defended May on Saturday, adding that a team would go to the area to answer questions from residents. "All our warnings fell on deaf ears and we predicted that a catastrophe like this was inevitable", the group said after the fire broke out, according to the Associated Press. "And therefore, sadly, I have to assume that they are dead", he said.

In a television interview Friday, she sidestepped questions over whether she had misread the public mood. While failing to answer, she said the focus was now on providing support to the victims.

Other measures outlined by the prime minister, following a meeting with residents on Saturday, included more staff covering phone lines and ground staff wearing high-visibility clothing so they could be easily found.

"People in this community are sick to death of platitudes from politicians", he added. In a statement to mark the official celebration of her 91st birthday, she said: "It is hard to escape a very soreer national mood" after a "succession of terrific tragedies". "This was a awful tragedy that took place".

"This should not be happening in the United Kingdom". "Sadly, we do not expect any survivors".

Such a direct message from the monarch is rare and indicated the extent of the turmoil in Britain.

Opponents said May's handling of the fire had thrust her position further into doubt by showing a failure to feel the public mood and act decisively.

After a tumultuous week that pitched Britain into its deepest political crisis since the Brexit referendum a year ago, May's future was already uncertain due to her failed gamble on a snap election.

On the lack of sprinklers in Grenfell Tower, and other buildings, he said: "My understanding is that the best expert advice is that retrofitting sprinklers may not always be the best technical way of ensuring fire safety in a building".

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