Five men arrested over '˜vile' Grenfell Tower bonfire video '“ NATIONAL

Five people have been arrested in connection with an investigation into a video showing the burning of a Grenfell Tower model.Â

Tuesday, 6th November 2018, 7:21 am
Updated Tuesday, 6th November 2018, 8:26 am
Undated grab taken from a video posted on social media of a model of Grenfell Tower being burned over a fire. Picture: PA/PA Wire

The men '“ two aged 49 and the rest aged 19, 46, and 55 '“ handed themselves into a south London police station last night after the video was shared online. 

Police arrested the men on suspicion of a public order offence and taken into custody.

Footage emerged on social media showing a large flammable model marked '˜Grenfell Tower' with paper figures in the windows being set on fire. 

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Undated grab taken from a video posted on social media of a model of Grenfell Tower being burned over a fire. Picture: PA/PA Wire

Since the video appeared it has been widely condemned with the Prime Minister Theresa May calling it '˜utterly unacceptable' and Home Secretary Sajid Javid described it as '˜disgusting, shameful, behaviour'. 

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While Khadijah Mamudu, whose mother and younger brother escaped the fire, said the burning of the effigy was a '˜vile act'.

Metropolitan Police Commander Stuart Cundy, who is leading the investigation into the Grenfell Tower tragedy, said he was '˜frankly appalled by the callous nature' of the video.

He added: '˜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.' 

London Fire Commissioner Dany Cotton, who was at the scene of the harrowing blaze, said the video was '˜appalling and disturbing'.

A total of 72 people perished as a result of the tragedy at the west London block on June 14 last year.

In the clip posted online, raucous laughter can be heard off-camera as the model is set alight.

A person can be heard saying: '˜Didn't it start from the tenth floor, though?', while others add: '˜Help me! Help me!' and '˜Jump out the window!'

Another says: '˜Here we go,' as the fire takes hold.

At the end of the clip, someone else can be heard saying: '˜That's what happens when they don't pay their rent.'

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

Campaigners described the video as a '˜sickening act of hate'.

Natasha Elcock, from Grenfell United, said: '˜It's a disgusting video. We hope that the police are taking this seriously', while Justice4Grenfell said it '˜caused great alarm and distress'.

London mayor Sadiq Khan said he '˜utterly' condemned the '˜sickening' video, describing the Grenfell Tower fire as '˜one of the most devastating tragedies our city has ever suffered'.