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Jay Sewell death: Man and parents jailed for love rival killing

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Jay Sewell was fatally stabbed through a car window, the Old Bailey heard

A man who recruited his parents and a group of his friends to kill a love rival has been jailed for life.

Daniel Grogan, 20, was “consumed with hatred and jealousy” of Jay Sewell, 18, after finding out he was seeing his ex-girlfriend, the Old Bailey heard.

Mr Sewell was attacked by a group of people in Lee, south-east London, on 11 December 2018.

Grogan was sentenced to life with a minimum term of 21 years having previously been found guilty of murder.

The court was told Grogan deliberately engineered a stand-off with Mr Sewell and his ex-girlfriend Gemma Hodder near to his family home.

Ms Hodder, 18, had driven her partner and some of their friends from Kent to see Grogan when they were set upon by a group armed with knives, hammers, a 4ft (1.2m) fireman’s axe and wooden sticks.

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(Clockwise from top left) Daniel Grogan, Ann Grogan, Robert Grogan, Francesca Grogan, Charlie Dudley, Jamie Bennett, Liam Hickey

Mr Sewell was fatally attacked through the car window while his friend Charlie Pamphlett was stabbed in the back but survived, jurors were told.

Judge Wendy Joseph QC said Grogan “desired only revenge on Gemma and Jay” and had been driven by “self serving anger beyond logic”.

The 20-year-old was also jailed for five years for wounding with intent and three-and-a-half years for violent disorder, with the sentences to be served concurrently.

Other members of Grogan’s family and friends also received jail sentences for their parts in the killing:

  • Grogan’s 58-year-old father Robert, who had armed himself with an axe, was sentenced to 14.5 years for manslaughter, six years for wounding with intent and three-and-a-half years for violent disorder
  • His 55-year-old mother Ann was sentenced to seven-and-a-half years for manslaughter and three-and-a-half years for violent disorder to be served concurrently
  • His friend and neighbour Charlie Dudley, 26, of Grove Park, was jailed for 16 years for manslaughter, six-and-a-half years for wounding with intent and three-and-a-half years for violent disorder, to be served concurrently
  • His cousin Liam Hickey, 19, of Eltham, was sentenced to three years detention in a Young Offenders Institution for wounding with intent and two years for violent disorder, to be served concurrently

In an impact statement read in court, Mr Sewell’s mother Sharon Louch said there was “no sentence this court or any other can pass which can come close to healing the pain or make up for not being able to look at my Jay’s face or hear him laugh”.

“Jay you were a blessing and made us proud from the day you came to us until the moment you were taken,” she said.

Others were previously sentenced over the attack:

  • Francesca Grogan, 30, of Sibthorpe Road, was jailed for 12 months for violent disorder
  • Jamie Bennett, 32, of Sibthorpe Road, was sentenced to 20 months in prison for violent disorder
  • A 17-year-old boy, who cannot be named, was handed a nine-month rehabilitation order and a supervision order for violent disorder.

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Streatham Hill stabbing: Mother attacked in front of child

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The woman was stabbed while walking with her child in a pushchair on Downton Avenue in Streatham Hill

A mother was stabbed three times in front of her child in an unprovoked attack in south London.

The victim, 36, was pushing her child in a buggy when a man attacked her from behind in Downton Avenue, Streatham Hill, on Monday.

The knifeman did not speak to the victim before he stabbed her at about 17:20 GMT then ran off.

Police said the woman’s injuries were not believed to be life-threatening. The child was not hurt.

Neighbours told the BBC they heard the woman screaming and came out to help.

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Neighbours said they found the victim injured outside these flats

A man first on the scene said the victim told him: “I’ve been mugged.”

Two people said the wounds looked as if they were to the victim’s face or head area.

It is understood the woman was on the phone to her husband at the time and that he arrived soon afterwards.

No-one has been arrested. The Met said the suspect was a black man, about 6ft tall and wearing dark clothing.

Officers have been examining CCTV footage and are appealing for witnesses.

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London’s City Hall provides Christmas meals for homeless

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Sadiq Khan helped serve 100 Christmas Dinners to guests at City Hall

Christmas dinners have been served to Londoners who are reliant on the city’s homelessness services.

Hairdressers and opticians were also made available at City Hall before guests were given a three-course meal.

Last year, 8,855 people were seen rough sleeping in London, an 18% increase since last year, and more than double the number in 2010.

“Events like this help bring a sense of community back in to London,” Claire, a former rough sleeper, told the BBC.

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Claire said she had been “looking forward” to the Christmas Dinner

Claire, who spent 30 years either living on the streets or in prison, said: “It’s the type of event that does matter. It forms partnerships and builds bonds.

“If it wasn’t for the support of St Mungo’s, I’d either be dead or doing what I was before.”

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Around 100 people who use London’s homeless services were invited to City Hall

Guests were chosen from the thousands of Londoners that currently receive assistance from services funded by City Hall and delivered by charities St Mungo’s and Thames Reach.

But Claire said services were still “hit and miss”.

“Where I live I’m still waiting for support with my mental health,” she added.

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Sadiq Khan said “it is shameful that in one of the richest cities in the world we still have the levels rough sleeping that we do”

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Guests were given a three-course Christmas Dinner

Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “St Mungo’s and Thames Reach are struggling with finances.

“Since I became mayor we’ve more than doubled the amount of money we’ve spent on rough sleeping and the size of our outreach team.

“But we’re just scratching the surface. We’ve not got the money or the resources to do much more – as it is I’m criticised for going outside my remit and my power.

“It is both heartbreaking and shameful that in one of the richest cities in the world we still have the levels rough sleeping that we do.”

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Free opticians services were put on by charity Humanity First

Last year 15,470 people were accepted as being homeless by London councils.

There were 55,000 families living in temporary accommodation, such as bed and breakfasts and hostels.

Hundreds more people are estimated to be sleeping on London’s night buses.

Petra Salva, Director of Rough Sleeper Services at St Mungo’s, said: “It’s wonderful that the Mayor has opened the doors of City Hall for this festive event.

“Christmas can be a time of mixed emotions for clients in our services and our staff work hard to support those who stay with us over the holiday period.”

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Black cab rapist John Worboys given two life sentences

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John Worboys was jailed in 2009 for a string of sex attacks on women in his taxi

Black cab rapist John Worboys has been handed two life sentences with a minimum term of six years for attacking four more women.

The 62-year-old, who is now known as John Radford, was jailed in 2009 for assaults on 12 women in London.

The four victims came forward after the public outcry caused by the parole board ruling he was safe to be freed.

Sentencing Worboys, Mrs Justice McGowan said she did not know when “if ever you will cease to be a risk”.

In 2009, Worboys was locked up indefinitely for the public protection with a minimum of eight years after being found guilty of 19 sex offences against 12 women between 2006 and 2008.

Prosecutor Duncan Penny QC told the Old Bailey that psychiatrist Philip Joseph found Worboys had been “fantasising” about attacking women since 1986.

A probation report in August this year found “he is potentially just as dangerous now as the point of the first sentence”.

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After the four women came forward, Worboys, of Enfield, admitted two charges of administering a drug with intent to commit rape or indecent assault.

He also pleaded guilty to two further charges of administering a substance with intent to commit a sexual offence.

Mr Penny said the first victim was targeted in 2000 or early 2001 after a night out at a wine bar in Dover Street in Soho.

The second victim, a university student living in north London, was picked up after a night out with friends at a club on New Oxford Street in 2003.

Worboys’ third victim was picked up after a night out on King’s Road in 2007 where he told her he had won £40,000 at a casino and offered her champagne.

The court heard Worboys told the fourth victim he had won the lottery and offered her and her friend miniature bottles of champagne.

Mr Penny said: “She woke up in bed the following morning. The bedclothes had not moved and her hands were crossed over her chest, which was unusual.

“She was sufficiently unnerved to check herself. There were no visible signs she had been touched.”

Mr Penny told the court: “The consistent themes throughout, together with the content of what took place, seems to be the profound effect not knowing what happened has had in each of these women throughout their lives, as a result of having been unfortunate enough to get into the defendant’s black cab.”

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Worboys would win victims’ trust before pouring them a glass of drug-laced alcohol

Police believe Worboys may have carried out more than 100 rapes and sexual assaults on women in London.

Becki Houlston, who has waived her right to anonymity, said Worboys drugged her in Bournemouth.

“He was pretty pre-meditated from the get-go, and I was a woman on my own,” she told the BBC.

“He is highly manipulative and relentless. It becomes easier to just accept a drink to shut him up.”

In Ms Houlston’s case, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said there was not enough evidence to prosecute.

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The black cab used by Worboys in his attacks

In January 2018, the Parole Board said Worboys would be freed after serving 10 years, but victims challenged the decision.

That decision was later overturned by the High Court, leading to a review of the decision where the Parole Board decided Worboys must remain in jail.

Among reasons given for refusing the Worboys parole were his “sense of sexual entitlement” and a need to control women.

Reacting to the sentencing, the CPS’s Tina Dempster said: “John Worboys is a dangerous predator who still poses a clear threat to women.”

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GP Manish Shah guilty of sex assaults on 23 female patients

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Manish Shah worked as a family planning specialist

A GP who cited Angelina Jolie and Jade Goody to instil fear in his patients about their health has been found guilty of sexually assaulting 23 women.

Manish Shah preyed on cancer concerns to carry out invasive intimate examinations for his own sexual gratification, the Old Bailey heard.

He convinced his victims to have unnecessary checks between May 2009 and June 2013.

He was convicted of 25 counts of sexual assault and assault by penetration.

Jurors acquitted 50-year-old Shah, of Romford, of five other charges.

They were told afterwards he had already been found guilty of similar allegations relating to 17 other women, bringing the total number of victims to 23.

He will be sentenced for all the offences on 7 February. The BBC’s health editor Hugh Pym said it was one of the biggest cases of its kind involving one doctor.

‘Took advantage’

The trial heard Shah mentioned a news story to one patient about Hollywood star Jolie having a preventative mastectomy, before asking if she would like him to examine her breasts.

In another instance involving a different complainant, he mentioned TV personality Goody – who died of cervical cancer – and advised an examination was in her best interests, it was claimed.

Prosecutor Kate Bex QC told the trial: “He took advantage of his position to persuade women to have invasive vaginal examinations, breast examinations and rectal examinations when there was absolutely no medical need for them to be conducted.”

One of Shah’s patients told the BBC how she became one of the GP’s victims.

“He would say you need to have these sexual health tests, to make sure you’re safe – you never know if somebody goes with somebody else even though you might have a safe partner,” she said.

“He was just encouraging the tests along when I didn’t think anything of it, I thought if a doctor suggests it you pretty much go along with it.

“He just duped so many people. He used our weaknesses and fears and took complete advantage. But not one time did I actually think he was doing anything untoward.”

The NHS in London said it “extended sympathies” to the victims and added: “As soon as the allegations came to light, swift action was taken and we have supported the police throughout their investigation.”

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Loughton hit-and-run: Harley Watson named as victim

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Harley Watson, 12, was described by his school as “liked and loved”

A 12-year-old boy killed in a hit-and-run outside a school has been named locally as Harley Watson.

He was struck near Debden Park High School in Loughton, Essex, at about 15:20 GMT on Monday.

A 51-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of his murder, as well as the attempted murder of four other teenagers and a 23-year-old woman who were hurt in the crash.

One of the victims was described by his mother as “battered and bruised”.

Essex Police said the 51-year-old man was arrested in a pub car park in Fiddlers Hamlet at 23:00 on Monday.

Ch Supt Tracey Harman said there “may be connections” between the crash near Debden Park High School and an earlier incident of a car mounting a pavement near Roding Valley High School in Loughton, 10 minutes before the fatal collision.

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Flowers and messages to Harley Watson and his family have been left at the scene of the crash

It is understood all the injured children – two 15-year-old boys, a 13-year-old boy, and a girl, 16 – are pupils at the school.

Debden Park’s head teacher Helen Gascoyne, said: “Our thoughts are with the family and all those affected. The school will be open [on Tuesday] with a number of counsellors on hand to support our community.”

Christian Cavanagh, executive head teacher, described Harley’s death as “a young life so tragically lost”.

He said: “This young man had made his mark on the school and was liked and loved by staff and students. We will consult with the family and our school community to decide how best to commemorate his life.”

‘I’ve been hit by a car’

Donna Mills, the mother of Alfie Barnes who was one of the 15-year-olds struck by the car, said he was “still in shock… battered and bruised”.

“He remembers the car coming towards him, he remembers getting hit, but it is a bit of a blur. He hit his head and I think he blacked out for a bit,” she said.

“Alfie rang me and said ‘mum I have been hit by a car’, so I shot down there as fast as I could. It was horrendous.

“It was… horrible to see, kids laying on the floor, just terrible.”

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Debden Park High School opened on Tuesday for staff and pupils to support each other

Essex Police said officers are looking for a silver Ford Ka “likely to have damage to [its] front”.

Earlier, the force took the step of naming Terry Glover, 51, as someone they wanted to speak to in connection with the crash.

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Man who killed fiancee after row about cross-dressing jailed

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Amy Parsons grew up in Australia but moved to the UK when she met and got engaged to Roderick Deakin-White

A man who beat his fiancée to death when he was “unwilling to accept” her decision to leave him amid a row over his cross-dressing has been jailed.

Roderick Deakin-White used a metal bar to launch a “savage” attack on Amy Parsons at their Whitechapel flat in April.

A trial at Snaresbrook Crown Court heard “jealous” Deakin-White attacked Ms Parsons as she was showering.

He was convicted of murder and sentenced to a minimum of 17 years.

The court heard Ms Parsons had become increasingly unhappy with her relationship, particularly due to Deakin-White’s cross-dressing interest.

Prosecutor Gareth Patterson QC said: “She was unhappy about this and this was something he had often wanted to do when they were intimate.”

Judge John Lafferty, sentencing, said Deakin-White killed Ms Parsons in a “most horrendous, savage and brutal way”.

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Roderick Deakin-White attacked Amy Parsons with a ‘metal pull up bar’

He told jurors Deakin-White became angry and jealous after Ms Parsons began a relationship with a colleague a few weeks before the killing.

Mr Patterson added: “Unwilling to accept that she was going to leave him, he used a metal bar to hit her repeatedly around the head while she was showering.”

Deakin-White fled the flat before confessing to a man in Edmonton, who persuaded him to hand himself in.

In police interviews Deakin-White admitted attacking the 35-year-old with a metal bar but denied murder, claiming it was an “accident”.

‘Bright light’

At his sentencing, Ms Parsons’ sister, Eve, spoke of her family’s grief and described her as the “bright light” of the family and a “beautiful person”.

“Nothing could have prepared me to deal with this loss,” she said. “All of our family are as heartbroken as it is possible to be.”

Judge Lafferty told the 38-year-old killer: “Your view was that if you can’t have her, no-one can have her, and you killed her.

“There is no sentence I can pass upon you today that will bring back Miss Parsons – a young, successful, vivacious and kind-hearted young woman, whose life was brutally taken by you.”

Speaking after the hearing, Eve Parsons, 40, said her family was “disappointed” by the length of the jail term and would be lodging an appeal.

“Seventeen years does not do her justice,” she added.

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Sri Lankan bombings: British victims ‘unlawfully killed’ says coroner

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Anita Nicholson and her children Alex, 14, and Annabel, 11, died in the Shangri-La hotel bombing

A mother and her two children were among six British nationals killed in the Easter Sunday bombings in Sri Lanka, an inquest heard.

Anita Nicholson, 42, and her children, Alexander, 14 and Annabel, 11, died instantly in an explosion at the Shangri-la Hotel in Colombo.

Lorraine Campbell, Bill Harrop and Sally Bradley also died in the blast at the Cinnamon Grand Hotel.

All six were unlawfully killed, the coroner recorded.

Mr Harrop, a retired firefighter and his wife, Dr Bradley, had been on holiday from their home in Australia when they were killed in an explosion at the restaurant of their hotel on 21 April.

The couple, originally from Manchester, had been described as soulmates.

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Bill Harrop and his partner Sally Bradley

Ms Campbell, an IT director who was originally from Manchester but had relocated to Dubai, was in Sri Lanka on a business trip. Her family has spoken of the “enormous void” created by her death.

Her partner, Neil Evans, told the inquest he knew something was wrong when she stopped replying to Whatsapp messages. He said he had lost his best friend, confidante and soulmate.

Ben Nicholson survived the blast which killed his wife and children.

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The family had been visiting Sri Lanka from their home in Singapore having previously lived in Upminster, East London.

Mrs Nicholson, a lawyer for mining firm Anglo American, went to college in Thurrock, Essex and had been living in Singapore with her family since 2010.

Senior coroner for Essex Caroline Beasley-Murray recorded that all six were unlawfully killed as she concluded inquest hearings in Chelmsford.

She told the families: “You’ve lost loved ones in these most appalling of circumstances. I would like to express sincere condolences to you upon your tragic loss.”

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The damaged Shangri-La hotel in the Sri Lankan capital, Colombo

Mr Nicholson described his wife as “a wonderful, perfect wife” and a “brilliant mother to Alex and Annabel”.

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The six British Nationals were among 310 victims of a wave of bombings in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday.

Two other Britons, brother and sister Daniel and Amelie Linsey, 19 and 15, were killed in the blasts.

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Cardiff City: Boss could be named within 72 hours, says chairman Mehmet Dalman

Vincent Tan (left) took over Cardiff in 2010 and appointed Mehmet Dalman (right) as Chairman in 2014

Cardiff City chairman Mehmet Dalman says the club are targeting a younger manager to replace Neil Warnock and expect a quick appointment.

Warnock left the Championship club on Monday following three years in charge.

Dalman said owner Vincent Tan will play an active role in naming the 70-year-old’s successor.

“We’re down to a small number of names. I’d be surprised if we don’t announce something in the next 72 hours, certainly by the weekend,” he said.

Former Millwall manager Neil Harris is among the early favourites to replace Warnock, who Dalman said was relieved to leave his role.

Speaking to Radio Wales Breakfast with Claire Summers, Dalman claimed it was Warnock’s decision to leave the club who are14th in the Championship following Sunday’s 1-0 defeat by Bristol City.

“It was Neil’s decision to go,” he said.

“I really wanted him to stay until the end of the season, but he felt it was time for a change. I think he was quite relieved actually when I had a chat with him and we felt maybe it was right, so he left on his own terms.”

Dalman said Tan would have a say on who replaces Warnock.

“I think Vincent wants to take a much more hands-on involvement in (appointing) the next manager, which I think is right, after all he’s the owner of the club,” he said. “I think he wants somebody younger, maybe a little bit more (of an) offensive type of manager.”

Dalman added the club could consider a director of football type appointment in conjunction with the new manager, saying he would welcome “more football knowledge at board level.”

And, in terms of a new manager, he did not rule out a move for Harris, the 42-year-old currently out of work having left Millwall last month after four years with the south London club.

When asked specifically about bookmaker’s favourite Harris, Dalman said: “I don’t know. At the moment, we’re still going through the thought process, we’ll go through the names that we have and we’ll focus on one of them.”

Harris ‘worth a gamble’ – Kavanagh

Ex-Millwall boss Neil Harris has pitted his wits against Neil Warnock but could now replace him at Cardiff

Ex-Cardiff captain Graham Kavanagh says ex-Millwall boss Harris, 42, could be worth a “gamble” to replace Warnock.

Although he has only managed the Lions, ex-Republic of Ireland midfielder Kavanagh says Harris could do the job.

“If Neil Harris comes in I think it is a slight gamble,” said Kavanagh.

“He’s been in the Millwall job four years and hasn’t managed anywhere else, but he’s done a magnificent job.”

Harris, who scored 138 goals over two separate spells with Millwall as a player, took over as caretaker manager in March 2015 following their relegation to League One.

He guided the Lions to promotion back to the second tier in 2017, after reaching the League One play-off final for a second consecutive season, while the London club reached the FA Cup quarter-finals twice, in 2017 and 2019.

He stepped down as boss at the Den in October 2019 after a seven-match winless streak left Millwall five points above the relegation zone.

Midfielder Graham Kavanagh played more than 150 games for Cardiff after joining in June 2001

Harris – who briefly played alongside Kavanagh on loan at Cardiff in December 2004 – remains Millwall’s record goalscorer, despite being diagnosed with cancer when he was just 23.

“He’s a great lad, he works very, very hard, he’s very diligent and honest in his work and he does like to play,” Kavanagh, 45, said.

“He’s never had too much money to spend, but what he has spent at Millwall he’s done a remarkable job.”

Kavanagh says that Warnock will be a hard act to follow.

“He’s [Warnock] done a phenomenal job at the club, getting it promoted. I know obviously he then got relegated but it’s very, very tough to stay in the Premier League,” Kavanagh said.

“He spent quite a bit of money but it looked like he was buying Championship players with the thought that if they went back down, then they’d be able to jump back up.

“Obviously that hasn’t been how they’ve started the season, so he’s paid the price of that.

“A man of his experience and his wealth of knowledge… he’s going to be a massive loss to the club.”

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Grenfell Tower: Jacob Rees-Mogg criticised for ‘insulting’ comments

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Jacob Rees-Mogg has been criticised for saying it was “common sense” for residents to flee the Grenfell Tower, ignoring fire brigade advice.

The Leader of the House of Commons was appearing on a radio phone-in on the findings of a Grenfell inquiry report when he made the comments.

Seventy-two people died when a fire ripped through the tower block on 14 June 2017.

The Grenfell United group called the MP’s comments “insulting”.

Mr Rees-Mogg said he “profoundly apologised” for his comments.

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Seventy-two people died in the fire at Grenfell Tower in June 2017

Speaking on LBC’s Nick Ferrari’s show on Monday, Mr Rees-Mogg said: “The more one’s read over the weekend about the report and about the chances of people surviving, if you just ignore what you’re told and leave you are so much safer.

“And I think if either of us were in a fire, whatever the fire brigade said, we would leave the burning building. It just seems the common sense thing to do.

“And it is such a tragedy that that didn’t happen.”

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn called on Mr Rees-Mogg to “apologise for these crass and insensitive comments immediately”.

Mr Rees-Mogg said on Tuesday: “What I meant to say is that I would have also listened to the fire brigade’s advice to stay and wait at the time.

“However, with what we know now and with hindsight I wouldn’t and I don’t think anyone else would. I would hate to upset the people of Grenfell if I was unclear in my comments.”

But in a statement, survivors’ group Grenfell United said: “The Leader of the House of Commons suggesting that the 72 people who lost their lives at Grenfell lacked common sense is beyond disrespectful.

“It is extremely painful and insulting to bereaved families.”

Grenfell inquiry chairman Sir Martin Moore-Bick said fewer people would have died if the London Fire Brigade (LFB) had taken certain actions earlier.

Sir Martin also criticised the LFB for following a “stay put” strategy, where firefighters and 999 operators told residents to stay in their flats for nearly two hours after the blaze broke out.

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