Published: Tue, November 06, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Burning effigy of Grenfell Tower draws condemnation

Burning effigy of Grenfell Tower draws condemnation

Five people were arrested in London on Monday after a video posted on social media showed a group burning an effigy of Grenfell Tower, the public housing block where 72 people died in a massive blaze in 2017.

Police said five men, aged 19, 46, 55 and two 49-year-olds, had been arrested on suspicion of a public order offence after handing themselves into a police station in south London.

A "stomach-churning" video has emerged of a group of people setting a cardboard mock-up of Grenfell Tower on fire.

The London residential block went up in flames in June a year ago, claiming 71 lives.

Labour MP Emma Dent Coad, in whose Kensington constituency Grenfell Tower resides, was a part of an online effort to identify those in the video.

Undated grab taken from a video posted on social media of a model of Grenfell Tower being burned over a fire. One man appears to mockingly say, "stay in your flat" as he re-positions the effigy above burning hot coals. "Help me!", "Jump out the window!" and "That's what happens when they don't pay their rent".

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Hutt said that when he was reunited with Malachi after the family stopped by to offer their thanks on their way home. But after treatment from paramedics he was given the all clear and Whyte said he was unaffected by his ordeal.

"When one is ignorant of the world and people that are around them they do the most stupid and vile things". To mock the disaster in such a crude way is vile.

He said the Met's Grenfell Tower investigation team is "taking this matter very seriously" and that any offences committed "will be fully investigated".

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

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

"This was an unnecessary sickening act of hate against those who, through no fault of their own, have experienced the worst since June 14 2017". We hope that the police are taking this seriously.

A spokesperson for the campaign group Justice4Grenfell said the video had "caused great alarm and distress", and added: "We are disgusted and shocked at the inhumanity and callousness of those involved in this video".

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.

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