Police say 58 people are now ‘assumed to be dead’ in the Grenfell Tower inferno

Service dogs have joined the grim search for bodies in Grenfell Tower as police confirmed at least 58 people are missing presumed dead.

Speaking to media outside the west London building today, Metropolitan Police commander Stuart Cundy said: ‘The fire was truly horrific. For me this is just a human tragedy.’

He said that the force has confirmed 30 people are dead and believe another 28 are missing who they have to ‘assume they are dead’.

The commander stressed that this information was based only on the number of people they believed were in the tower when it caught fire in the early hours of Wednesday morning and the actual total may be greater.