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Grenfell: 60 tower blocks fail fire safety tests

The government has announced that every single tower block tested in the wake of the Grenfell tragedy has failed fire safety tests.

Up to 60 tower blocks in 25 local authorities have now failed tests on cladding in the wake of the fire, which killed up to 79 people in west London on 14 June.

In a statement, communities secretary Sajid Javid said that local authorities and fire services had been alerted to the results of the tests.

Not all of the buildings that have failed tests have been named but it is understood that five tower blocks in Sunderland, four in Manchester, three in Barnet and three in Plymouth have failed tests.

The news comes as Camden evacuated five tower blocks in the borough over the weekend due to fire safety fears.

A Camden council statement said: “As a result of ongoing checks the decision has been taken to decant residents from all five tower blocks at the Chalcots Estate.

“We have council staff on site providing information and guidance to residents who are being provided with temporary accommodation.

“Where residents can stay with family and friends we are encouraging them to do this. But if this isn’t possible we are providing temporary accommodation.”

  Local authority area No. of buildings
1 Barnet 3
2 Brent 1
3 Camden 5
4 Doncaster 1
5 Hounslow 1
6 Islington 1
7 Lambeth 1
8 Manchester 4
9 Norwich 1
10 Plymouth 3
11 Portsmouth 2
12 Stockton on Tees 3
13 Sunderland 5
14 Wandsworth 2
15 - 25 In addition 11 other areas where cladding test failed 27
 Total – 25 areas   60

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