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Students Forced to Move Out Due to Safety Concerns

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Hundreds of students living in a student block in London have been moved out of their accommodation due to fire safety fears.

Almost 700 University of West London students have been told to move out of the Paragon site in Bretford, while operators Notting Hill Genesis (NHG) carry out a safety review.

According to NHG, the decision was made following expert advice that the construction of the buildings may be putting residents at risk.

NHG added: "Further investigations will establish the full extent of the structural and fire safety issues that have been uncovered at the development and identify next steps."

The issues were discovered after a series of checks, some carried out after the fire at Grenfell Tower, uncovered a number of structural and fire safety concerns that required further investigation.

Kate Davies, the chief executive of Notting Hill Genesis, said: "We believe we have no choice but to ask people to leave their homes."

She added: "I understand that Paragon residents may feel angry or alarmed by this news, as they have every right to be. This is a very distressing time, and we are genuinely sorry for the huge amount of disruption and uncertainty this situation will cause."

"This is a complex situation and we don't yet have all the answers. We are working to uncover the full extent of the issues at Paragon so that we can provide residents with clarity about timescales, next steps and options as quickly as possible."