Five arrested over 'disrespectful' Grenfell Tower model bonfire

A screengrab from a video which shows an effigy of Grenfell Tower being burned on a bonfire to cheers and laughter from an assembled crowd

The fire at the west London tower block killed 72 people.

"Elhouhabi shamelessly took advantage of the efforts to rehouse people whose homes had been destroyed by claiming his link to one of the flats, and he was subsequently put in hotel accommodation".

'To mock that disaster in such a crude way is vile'.

Earlier, Scotland Yard said its Grenfell Tower investigation team was "taking this matter very seriously".

It's a disgusting video.

Three officers carried evidence bags into the terraced property and knocked on neighbours' doors while the men were being questioned on suspicion of a public order offence.

British Prime Minister Theresa May has criticised the "utterly unacceptable" video.

She said: "I really don't know what to say, for once I'm honestly lost for words".

"We have support and will carry on with dignity until we get justice".

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Ms Cotton said: "This is an appalling and disturbing video".

The chairman of the inquiry, Sir Martin Moore-Bick, opened Tuesday's session by calling the video "offensive" and adding that "it must be shocking and distressing to all those involved ... whatever form their involvement took, whether as bereaved, survivors or indeed members of the wider community". "It can not be justified on any level". After it's set alight, the group can be heard chuckling and cracking jokes. The video showed one person saying: "That little ninja's getting it at the minute" - an apparent racist comment about a Muslim woman in a burqa depicted on the side of the model.

At the end of the clip, someone else can be heard saying: "That's what happens when they don't pay their rent".

One dissenter is heard suggesting that the group's action was in "really bad taste".

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

Speaking to Tom Swarbrick, Alex described the video as "hilarious". In the background, a St. George's flag can be seen. Police are still investigating the fire and could file charges of corporate manslaughter.

The "disgusting and insensitive" video quickly went viral as people watched in shock.

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

London Mayor Sadiq Khan called the video "sickening" and urged social media companies to remove the content.

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