Burning Of Grenfell Tower Effigy Slammed By Theresa May
A group of men have been arrested for burning a Grenfell Tower effigy on Bonfire Night in the UK, an act Prime Minister Theresa May called "utterly unacceptable".
The five men handed themselves in to a south London police station late on Monday evening, and were arrested on suspicion of a public order offense, the Metropolitan Police said in a statement.
Seventy-two people died in June 2017 when the 24 storey Grenfell Tower erupted in flames in what was the deadliest structural fire in Britain in almost 30 years.
The video shows a group of people, including children, putting a cardboard box labelled 'Grenfell Tower' and with the cut-out shape of people stuck on to it into a fire.
Amid the laughter, one person can be heard saying "Stay in your flats, we are coming to get you", referring to the advice given to the victims by emergency services during the tragedy.
At one point, the person filming closes in on a cut-out person hanging from a 'window' on the box.
"Look at him, look at him just hanging around there," one said.
Joking screams of "help me" can be heard as the box catches fire.
"Didn't the fire start on the 10th floor?" asks one.
"We should have burnt it upside down" replied a man.
It is unclear if the men arrested were the ones to make the comments.
An investigation was launched by the Metro Police after a video was circulated around social media.
"I am frankly appalled by the callous nature of the video posted online," Metro Commander Stuart Cundy said.
"To mock that disaster in such a crude way is vile."
UK Prime Minister Theresa May called the act "unacceptable".
"To disrespect those who lost their lives at Grenfell Tower, as well as their families and loved ones, is utterly unacceptable," she tweeted.
James Brokenshire, the UK Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government described the video as "disgusting" and said those responsible should be "ashamed" of their actions.
An inquiry is continuing into the cause of the Grenfell Tower disaster.