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Five arrested over Grenfell Tower effigy burning

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Kenny Thornton | 06 November, 2018, 20:10

The five men turned themselves into South London police late Monday night.

The five men range in ages from 19 to 55.

Police on Tuesday said they arrested five men following an outcry over the burning of a model of London's Grenfell Tower, where 72 people died in a devastating fire past year.

The actions of the group "upset so many people around the world, and they need to think long and hard", Khadijah Mamudu, whose mother and younger brother escaped the fire, told reporters.

The video also drew allegations that it was racist because numerous Grenfell Tower victims were people of immigrant backgrounds and Muslim. Raucous laughter can be heard.

The video is believed to have been circulated originally in closed WhatsApp groups before being posted to social media and shared widely on Twitter and Facebook, at which point it was reported to the police.

'We will continue to investigate and where appropriate prosecute anyone who is financially profiting from the Grenfell fire, and taking away resources and support for the true victims'. "I can't imagine the distress this video will undoubtedly cause to bereaved families and survivors", Cundy said.

"It's a disgusting video".

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

Some partygoers were aware of this: at least one could be heard commenting the bonfire was "really bad taste".

The video showing people mocking the plight of Grenfell victims as the cardboard model burned drew condemnation from survivors of last year's deadly blaze as well as the prime minister, Theresa May, and the chairman of the public inquiry into the disaster, Sir Martin Moore-Bick.

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

Natasha Elcock, from Grenfell United, said: "It's a disgusting video".

Campaigners described the video as a "sickening act of hate". "We're coming to get you!" yells another participant, referring to the promises of emergency workers who instructed residents to stay in place and wait for help - help that didn't reach them in time. "I urge social media companies to do the right thing and remove this content immediately".

Metropolitan police are appealing for information as to the source of the video.

And the Justice4Grenfell movement said it was "disgusted and shocked at the inhumanity and callousness of those involved in this video".

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