The UK Government has said that it is aware of a video that is trending on social media showing an effigy of Grenfell Tower being burned on a bonfire. The government condemns this video in the strongest terms.
The video shared on social media shows a cardboard model of the tower being set alight by a laughing crowd. Five men have been arrested on suspicion of a public order offence in connection with this incident. The Metropolitan Police said the men – two aged 49 and the others aged 19, 46 and 55 – handed themselves in at a south London station on Monday night.
Secretary of State for Communities, Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP, said:
At a time when the bereaved and survivors are giving testimony to the Grenfell Inquiry and reliving the unimaginable horror of that tragedy, it beggars belief that anyone should do this.
Those responsible for this repugnant material are beneath contempt. I know that the police have been made aware of this video and will work to establish whether any offences have been committed.
I would urge people not to continue to share this video.