London police arrest 6 men in Grenfell Tower effigy video

London police arrest 6 men in Grenfell Tower effigy video

A video, circulated first on WhatsApp and then Facebook and Twitter, showed a gang of people laughing and joking as they placed a model of the Tower onto a bonfire. One man cracks: "All the little ninjas getting it at the minute;" another adds, "That's what happens when they don't pay their rent".

Scotland Yard said it was questioning five men from south and south-east London who handed themselves in on Monday night.

Three officers from the Metropolitan Police carried evidence bags into the terrace property in South Norwood, south London, on Tuesday afternoon.

Theresa May was one of those who criticised the actions in the video, calling them "utterly unacceptable".

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 a year ago. Amid the laughter some can be heard saying, "Help me, help me!" and "Jump out the window!"

In a statement yesterday (Mon), commissioner Dany Cotton said the footage will cause deep pain to the fire's survivors and could not be justified on any level.

Communities Secretary James Brokenshire said: "At a time when the bereaved and survivors are giving testimony to the Grenfell inquiry and reliving the unimaginable horror of that tragedy, it beggars belief that anyone should do this".

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Last month Koffi Kouakou, 53, was jailed after claiming his partner died in the Grenfell Tower fire so he could be homed at the cost of more than £30,000.

Campaigners have described the video as a "sickening act of hate".

British police have arrested five men after a video was posted on the internet that showed people mocking the deadly Grenfell Tower blaze by burning an effigy of the building as part of Guy Fawkes Night celebrations. He said he was "frankly appalled" at the "callous nature" of the clip posted on social media, adding that mocking a disaster like this in such a "crude way" was vile. "It can not be justified on any level".

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

"This is clearly a hate crime, and as a society we should never tolerate these types of blatant acts of hatred".

Sajid Javid said the survivors of the tragedy deserved to be treated with the "utmost respect".

"I utterly condemn this sickening video".

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