Police search house as five men questioned

Clay Curtis
November 6, 2018

On Tuesday morning, the Metropolitan Police said the men - two aged 49 and the rest aged 19, 46 and 55 - handed themselves in at a south London police station at 10pm on Monday.

Police arrested the men on suspicion of a public order offence and taken into custody.

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.

Khadijah Mamudu, whose mother and younger brother escaped the fire, told the Press Association: "Their actions upset so many people around the world and they need to think long and hard".

TV presenter Alex Beresford was one of many people who shared the video Monday, calling the footage "disgusting" and "pure evil racism".

A gang of people have been filmed burning an effigy of Grenfell Tower in a horrific video.

"I know that the police have been made aware of this video and will work to establish whether any offences have been committed".

Some members of the group also joked about the people burning and shouted "jump out the window" while doing mock fire engine sounds.

Theresa May tweeted: "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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London Mayor Sadiq Khan attacked the video on Twitter, saying: "I utterly condemn this sickening video".

The leader of the Grenfell Tower fire investigation, Metropolitan Police Commander Stuart Cundy, said he was "appalled by the callous nature of the video".

To laughter, one person said: "Stay in your flat, we are coming to get you" - an apparent reference to the stay-put policy that may have cost lives in the fire on 14 June 2017. To mock that disaster in such a crude way is vile.

Another voice can be heard saying "that's what happens when they don't pay their rent".

The video ends as the model is completely consumed by the fire, with one bystander saying: "Perfect".

"It's a disgusting video".

The Justice4Grenfell campaign group, which includes survivors and families of the dead, said it was "shocked at the inhumanity and callousness" of those involved.

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

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