Five men arrested over torched Grenfell Tower effigy

Erika Holt
November 6, 2018

The video surfaced on social media on Monday and featured a cardboard replica of the flats set alight, with paper people dangling from the building.

Various male voices are heard making cruel quips about the tragedy, which killed 72 people on June 14 past year after the blaze quickly engulfed the west London block.

Earlier, Scotland Yard said its Grenfell Tower investigation team was "taking this matter very seriously".

A total of 71 people died in the fire at Grenfell Tower, 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'.

"It's amusing regardless. It doesn't mean I'm not a compassionate person, it doesn't mean I don't have sympathy". They were all arrested on a public order offence and taken into custody by the Met Police.

It's a disgusting video. "Any offences that have been committed will be fully investigated".

Prime Minister Theresa May tweeted: "To disrespect those who lost their lives at Grenfell Tower, as well as their families and loved ones, is utterly unacceptable".

"We have support and will carry on with dignity until we get justice".

London's most senior firefighter has joined victims and their families in condemning the "appalling and disturbing video".

"It can not be justified on any level".

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It is not yet known who made the video, when, or where it was filmed.

In the video, onlookers can be heard saying: "Help me!"

Some members of the group also joked about the people burning and shouted "jump out the window" while doing mock fire engine sounds.

Another person said: "That's what happens when you don't pay your rent".

Tom Swarbrick challenges an LBC listener who insists the Grenfell Tower effigy video is "hilarious".

The video ends as the model is completely consumed by the fire, with one bystander saying: "Perfect".

Speaking to Tom Swarbrick, Alex described the video as "hilarious".

"I can't imagine the distress this video will undoubtedly cause to bereaved families and survivors". We hope that the police are taking this seriously.

"We can't change the way they think but they need to understand they are the minority".

Five men have been arrested over a video showing a laughing group of people burning a model of the Grenfell Tower, British police said Tuesday.

The "disgusting and insensitive" video quickly went viral as people watched in shock.

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