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Five Men Arrested Over Bonfire Night Grenfell Tower Effigy Burning

Five Men Arrested Over Bonfire Night Grenfell Tower Effigy Burning

Police have said the five men turned themselves in

Rachael Grealish

Rachael Grealish

Five men have been arrested in connection with a model of Grenfell Tower being burned on a bonfire - the men have been taken in on the suspicion of a public order offence.

The Metropolitan police have now arrested five men - two of who were aged 49 and the other three were age 19, 46 and 55 - it was said the men did hand themselves in on Monday 5 November, however the identities of the five men has not been disclosed.

In June 2017 a total of 72 people perished in the blaze that engulfed the West London tower block - hundreds had their lives utterly devastated with the youngest person to die because of the incident being a stillborn baby.

A video being shared on social media showed a cardboard and paper model of the lost tower being set on fire and crowds of people can be heard laughing.

In the video horrific comments and jokes were made about the victims of the fire represented on the bonfire - angering and devastating hundreds of people on social media.

One person can be hear saying: "That little ninja is really getting it", which people understand to be referring to a cardboard Muslim woman wearing a hijab.


Another one makes ambulance noises before saying: "That's what happens when they don't pay their rent."

Lastly, someone jokes: "Didn't it start on the 10th floor? We should turn it upside down."

The Prime Minister, Theresa May, has called the act 'unacceptable' after hitting out with a comment on Twitter.

She said: "To disrespect those who lost their lives at Grenfell Tower, as well as their families and loved ones, is utterly unacceptable."

Commander Stuart Cundy, who is leading the investigation into the Grenfell Tower fire said: "I am frankly appalled by the callous nature of the video posted online. 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.


"I can't imagine the distress this video will undoubtedly cause to bereaved families and survivors. The Met's Grenfell Tower investigation team is taking this matter very seriously. Any offences that have been committed will be fully investigated."

Grenfell United, the official organisation for bereaved, survivors and community of Grenfell Tower, said: "It's a disgusting video. We hope that the police are taking this seriously. Not only is it extremely upsetting to survivors & people who lost family, it's hateful & offensive to everyone that has been affected by the tragic events of that night.

"We try to keep our focus on the thousands of people across the country who supported us in the weeks after the fire, the hundreds that walk with us every month on the 14th and everyone who is backing our fight for justice and change."

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Topics: News, Grenfell Tower, UK