Five Men Arrested Over Bonfire Night Grenfell Tower Effigy Burning

Home Secretary Sajid Javid condemned the video calling it 'disgusting shameful behaviour'

The Metropolitan Police force said five men turned themselves in at a police station late Monday and were arrested on suspicion of a public order offence after allegedly creating a copy of the fire-ravaged west London public housing tower.

A video of a burning cardboard model of Grenfell Tower, the West London apartment building where 72 people died previous year, has drawn criticism, including from UK Prime Minister Theresa May, who called the act "utterly unacceptable".

Scotland Yard launched an investigation following public and political outcry over the video showing a group of people laughing as they burn an effigy of Grenfell Tower.

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.

Certain individuals in the video are heard saying "help me" and "stay in your flat", in a series of mocking remarks as the flames take hold of the effigy.

Soon after the video was posted, the police launched an investigation into it.

Another member of the bonfire group can be heard saying that the fire "started on the 10th floor" and that they should have placed the box "upside down".

'Elhouhabi shamelessly took advantage of the efforts to rehouse people whose homes had been destroyed by claiming his link to one of the flats, and he was subsequently put in hotel accommodation.

On Tuesday, Sir Martin Moore-Bick addressed the "offensive" video as he opened another day at the Grenfell inquiry. The Met Police say they will investigate whether any offences have been committed.

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".

British Prime Minister Theresa May has criticised the "utterly unacceptable" video.

One witness is heard to refer to the model as being in "really bad taste", something sarcastically agreed by another person off-camera, who appears to count seven others stood around watching.

A spokesman added: "We are disgusted and shocked at the inhumanity and callousness of those involved in this video. I urge social media companies to do the right thing and remove this content immediately".



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