A 24-hour vigil is under way in west London to mark the first anniversary of the Grenfell Tower fire.

72 people were killed in the tower block blaze in the early hours of 14 June. Hundreds were made homeless and left traumatised by the horrific events.

A major inquiry into how and why the fire spread so rapidly has now begun. However, sittings of that inquiry are suspended this week as people commemorate the anniversary.

Tonight locals are holding an overnight vigil at the tower to remember those they lost.

A memorial service will take place tomorrow morning in a church near Grenfell which served as one of the many community hubs in the wake of the tragedy.

Meanwhile, the British Prime Minister has issued a personal apology to those affected by the Grenfell disaster.

Theresa May said she had reflected on her "absolutely shocking" first visit to Grenfell Tower.

In an interview with grassroots media group Grenfell Speaks, Mrs May said she was sorry for only talking to the emergency services in the hours after the fire.

She said conversations with firefighters on 14 June last year had brought home the scale of the disaster.

The decision not to immediately visit survivors and bereaved relatives provoked a furious backlash - one which Mrs May said this week she will "always regret".

She said: "I think it was when I actually came to the site and saw the tower and heard directly from the firefighters that I realised how absolutely shocking - it was really shocking to see that building.

"I began to hear more of the stories and more of the explanation of the absolute horror of what people had gone through.

"I started to understand more, the depth of the tragedy."

Theresa May described her first visit to Grenfell as "absolutely shocking"

Echoing her comments from earlier in the week, she continued: "I didn't, of course, on that first visit, meet members of the community or survivors and I'm sorry for not having met them then."

Mrs May was booed and heckled during her subsequent trip to visit the North Kensington neighbourhood.

She said: "When I subsequently met victims in hospital and met survivors and residents and talked to them about those experiences over the following few days, I was struck by the dignity which they showed in the face of what had been something that had been life-changing for them.

"They had lost loved ones, they had lost all their possessions, many of them - a truly horrific experience."

She returned to St Clements Church on Monday evening to lay a wreath in memory of the 72 victims of the fire.

The decision not to immediately visit survivors and bereaved relatives provoked a furious backlash - one which Mrs May said this week she will "always regret".