Five arrested after men set effigy of Grenfell Tower alight on bonfire

Five people have been arrested after a crowd of people were filmed burning a cardboard cut-out of Grenfell Tower on a bonfire.

Scotland Yard confirmed the suspects presented themselves to a south London police station over the shocking incident, a clip of which emerged online earlier.

The men, aged 49, 19, 46, 55 and 49, were arrested on suspicion of a public order offence at 10pm on Monday. They have been taken into custody.

It comes after the force launched an investigation into the video.

The video can be seen here:

The footage, which was circulating on Whatsapp and online, showed a group of adults placing a cardboard effigy of the tower on a bonfire as they shriek with laughter.

The cardboard cut-out has Grenfell Tower written across the top of it and has drawings of victims standing at the windows of the building.

Disgusted viewers of the footage described it as “sick” and said that those responsible had “no shame.”

Prime Minister Theresa May was among those to condemn the video, which she described as “utterly unacceptable”.

In a tweet, Mrs May wrote: “To disrespect those who lost their lives at Grenfell Tower, as well as their families and loved ones, is utterly unacceptable.”

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