Five men have been arrested in connection with a video depicting the burning of a model of Grenfell Tower.
Police are currently investigating the incident after a video was shared online of people laughing as they burnt an effigy, which was clearly labelled ‘Grenfell Tower’, on a fire.
Five men handed themselves into police in south London at around 10pm last night (November 5). Two aged 49, one aged 46, one 55, and a 19-year-old.
They were all arrested on suspicion of a public order offence and taken into custody.
Footage of the incident was shared on social media, showing a large cardboard model of the tower block, with people in the windows, as the group set it on fire.
In the video, people can be heard laughing and cheering as it lights up. At the end, someone reportedly says: ‘That’s what happens when they don’t pay their rent’.
Campaigners have called the video a ‘sickening act of hate’, and it has been condemned by Prime Minister Theresa May, who called it ‘utterly unacceptable’, Metro reports.
Stuart Cundy, the Metropolitan Police Commander who’s leading the investigation into the Grenfell tragedy, said he was ‘appalled’ by the video.
He said, as per Sky News:
I am frankly appalled by the callous nature of the video posted online. So many people lost so many loved ones, and many more have been deeply affected. To mock that disaster in such a crude way is vile.
London Fire Commissioner, Dany Cotton, who was at the scene of the tragedy in June last year, said the video was ‘appalling and disturbing’.
72 people lost their lives in the Grenfell Tower disaster on June 14, 2017.
Natasha Elcock, from campaigners group Grenfell United, said:
It’s a disgusting video. We hope that the police are taking this seriously.
While London mayor Sadiq Khan, said the video was ‘utterly sickening’.
Theresa May said:
To disrespect those who lost their lives at Grenfell Tower, as well as their families and loved ones, is utterly unacceptable.
Scotland Yard have said its Grenfell Tower investigation team was ‘taking this matter very seriously’, and said:
Any offences that have been committed will be fully investigated.
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Charlie Cocksedge is a journalist at UNILAD. He graduated from the University of Manchester with an MA in Creative Writing, where he learnt how to write in the third person, before getting his NCTJ. His work has also appeared in such places as The Guardian, PN Review and the bin.