Grenfell Tower death toll climbs to at least 79 'dead or missing'

Police say many families may have lost more than one family member

Grenfell Tower death toll climbs to at least 79 'dead or missing'

Grenfell Tower in London | Image via @LondonFire on Twitter

British Police say the number of people missing, presumed dead in the Grenfell Tower disaster has risen to 79 - but that figure may change.

Commander Stuart Cundy said police have formally identified five people.

"For many families they have lost more than one family member and my heart truly goes out to them.

"This is an incredibly distressing time for all of them.

"One of my absolutely priorities I'd people as quick as we can to recover them from Grenfell Tower."

Commander Cundy added: "The awful reality - as I've said before - is that due to the intensity of the fire and the devastation within Grenfell Tower, that we may not be able to identify everybody that died".

He said the death toll could still change, but not as significantly as it has in recent days.

"I believe there may be people who were in Grenfell Tower that people may not know are missing and may not have realised they were in there on the night," he said.

"Equally, there may be people who thankfully managed to escape the fire and for whatever reason have not let their family and friends know that they are safe."

He also said that five people who were reported missing had now been found safe and well.

The latest figures from NHS England show that 17 patients are now being treated in four hospitals. Of these, nine remain in critical care.

Police have also released images from inside the building to show the extent of the damage.

People in the UK observed one minute's silence at 11.00am in tribute to the victims of the fire.

Additioanl reporting: Jack Quann