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Five Men Arrested Over Grenfell Tower Bonfire Video

The video has caused outrage since surfacing online.

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Five men have been arrested on suspicion of a public order offence in connection with a viral video depicting a model of Grenfell Tower being burned on a bonfire.

The video captured a cardboard model of the tower being set alight by a laughing crowd.

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.

The model tower featured paper figures of people at the windows, being set on fire.

Laughter can be heard off camera as the effigy is set alight, with onlookers shouting “Help me! Help me!” and “Jump out the window!” as the blaze takes hold.

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At the end of the clip a person can be heard saying: “That’s what happens when they don’t pay their rent.”

The men have been arrested under section 4a of the Public Order Act 1986, which covers intentional “harassment, alarm or distress” caused via the use of “threatening, abusive or insulting” words or signs.

Offences committed on a private residence where a person “had no reason to believe” it would be “heard or seen by a person outside that or any other dwelling” are protected from prosecution under the act.

A total of 72 people were killed in the blaze at the West London tower block in June 2017.

The cause of the fire is thought to have been a malfunctioning fridge freezer, with flames spreading rapidly thanks to exterior cladding used on the building that is in widespread use across the UK.

 

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