Five men arrested over '˜vile'Â Grenfell Tower bonfire video '“Â NATIONAL
Five people have been arrested in connection with an investigation into a video showing the burning of aÂ GrenfellÂ Tower model.Â
The men '“Â two aged 49 and the rest aged 19, 46, and 55 '“Â handed themselves into a south London police station last night after the video was shared online.Â
Police arrested the men onÂ suspicion of a public order offence and taken into custody.
Footage emerged on social media showing a large flammable model markedÂ '˜Grenfell Tower' with paper figures in the windows being set on fire.Â
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'.Â
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 GrenfellÂ Tower tragedy, said he was '˜frankly appalled by the callous nature'Â 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.Â
'˜To mock that disaster in such a crude way is vile.'Â
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,'Â 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, fromÂ GrenfellÂ 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'Â condemned the '˜sickening' video, describing theÂ GrenfellÂ Tower fire as '˜one of the most devastating tragedies our city has ever suffered'.