Five arrested over Grenfell Tower effigy burning

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A video of a burning cardboard model of Grenfell Tower, the West London apartment building where 72 people died a year ago, has drawn criticism, including from UK Prime Minister Theresa May, who called the act "utterly unacceptable".

The Metropolitan Police say the men turned themselves in late Monday and were arrested on suspicion of a public order offence after allegedly creating an effigy of the fire-ravaged west London apartment building.

Grenfell Tower, a social housing block that was home to a close-knit, ethnically diverse community, was engulfed by flames in the middle of the night oN June 14, 2017, killing 72 people in the country's deadliest domestic fire since World War II.

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

LONDON-They burned a cardboard model of Grenfell Tower and mocked the victims.

"The content of the video, that includes a replica model of Grenfell Tower and the burning of effigies, has caused great alarm and distress". Help me!' and 'Jump out the window!'

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Those behind the "appalling and disturbing" stunt can be heard laughing in the background, while one person can be heard saying at the end of the footage: "That's what happens when they don't pay their rent".

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Meanwhile, the Prime Minister, fire chiefs and victims have condemned the partygoers.

"To mock that disaster in such a crude way is vile", Mr Cundy said.

The Grenfell United organisation for survivors and the bereaved, tweeted: "It's a disgusting video".

He said the Met's Grenfell Tower investigation team is "taking this matter very seriously" and that any offences committed "will be fully investigated".

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

"This is clearly a hate crime and as a society we should never tolerate these types of blatant acts of hatred". We hope that the police are taking this seriously.

They said: "We are disgusted and shocked at the inhumanity and callousness of those involved in the video".

In a statement, London's Metropolitan Police Service called the video "vile" and urged people with information to come forward.

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