Five men questioned by police over 'offensive' Grenfell bonfire video


A memorial wall near Grenfell Tower. Image: Getty

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Five men are being questioned by police after they were arrested over a video showing a cardboard model of Grenfell Tower burning on a bonfire.

The video, which emerged on Monday, showed a large flammable model of the tower complete with paper figures at the windows, being set on fire by a large group of people.

Scotland Yard said the five men handed themselves in to police on Monday evening.



The men, who were all aged between 19 to 55, were arrested on suspicion of intentionally causing harassment, alarm or distress under section 4a of the Public Order Act.

Since the footage emerged, it has been condemned by survivors of the Grenfell tragedy, firefighters and politicians.


'Utterly unacceptable'

Prime Minister Theresa May called the video "utterly unacceptable", while Metropolitcan Police Commander Stuart Cunday, who is leading the investigation into the Grenfell disaster, said he was "appalled" by the "callous nature" of the clip.

At the end of the clip, someone off camera 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."

A total of 72 people died as a result of the tragedy at the west London block on June 14 last year.

Joe Delaney from the Grenfell Action Group told talkRADIO's Julia Hartley-Brewer that those responsible for the effigy should be attacked and ridiculed "for the rest of their lives", but said they should not face charges unless "a racial element" is proven.