Five men have been arrested on suspicion of a public order offence after a video showed an effigy of Grenfell Tower being burned.

Scotland Yard confirmed the suspects presented themselves to a south London police station over the shocking incident, a clip of which emerged online yesterday.

The men, aged 49, 19, 46, 55 and 49 have been taken into custody.

It comes after Theresa May condemned the video.

The Prime Minister said:  “To disrespect those who lost their lives at Grenfell Tower, as well as their families and loved ones, is utterly unacceptable.”

The footage sparked outrage yesterday after footage showed a group of adults placing a cardboard effigy of the tower on a bonfire as they shriek with laughter.

In the video, members of the group can be heard laughing and shouting “help me, help me”.

People all across social media condemned the footage as “sick” “vile” and a “hate crime”. The blaze at the west London block of flats in June last year killed 72 people.

Of the arrests, a Metropolitan Police spokesman said:

“Five men have been arrested on suspicion of a public order offence in connection with an investigation into a video posted online that showed an effigy of Grenfell Tower being burnt.”

In a statement, the Justice4Grenfell campaign group said:

“This was an unnecessary sickening act of hate against those who, through no fault of their own, have experienced the worst since 14 June 2017.”

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