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.
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