Five arrested over Grenfell Tower bonfire video

Grenfell Tower top floors

Five people have been arrested in connection with the online appearance of a video that mocked the victims of the Grenfell Tower disaster.

In the video, a large, crude cardboard model of the Grenfell Tower is burnt on a bonfire while onlookers laugh and joke.

As paper figures intended to represent the victims in the ‘windows’ burst into flames, the watching crowd ‘Help me! Help me!’, ‘Jump out the window!’, and ‘That’s what happens when they don’t pay their rent’.

Five men, aged 19, 46, 49, 49 and 55, have been charged with public order offences after turning themselves in at a south London police station last night.

At least 72 people were killed in June 2017’s Grenfell Tower fire, while over 70 were injured.

Prime Minister Theresa May has described the video as ‘utterly unacceptable’, while Moyra Samuels, part of the Justice For Grenfell campaign group, said it was ‘a disgusting attack on vulnerable people’.

The Met’s Grenfell Tower investigation team is leading enquiries, and anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 or by tweeting @MetCC, quoting ‘Operation Northleigh’.

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