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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

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 clip, which is circulating on WhatsApp, shows several men carrying the cardboard model of the tower, which claimed 72 lives when it caught fire in June a year ago, and placing it on a bonfire.

The Prime Minister has joined a chorus of condemnation, after a group set fire to a cardboard effigy of Grenfell Tower.

In the clip posted online, raucous laughter can be heard off camera as the model is set alight. It's still unclear what caused the fire, though safety experts have told a public inquiry that combustible external cladding helped the fire to quickly spread.

One person joked "the little ninja is getting it at the moment, ' to which one person replied 'it's because they don't pay their rent".

As the video was circulating on Twitter, a number of people condemned the act. The Met Police say they will investigate whether any offences have been committed.

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

London Fire Commissioner Dany Cotton said: "This is an appalling and disturbing video. I can't imagine the distress this video will undoubtedly cause to bereaved families and survivors", Cundy said.

Grenfell United, the official organisation for bereaved, survivors and community of Grenfell Tower, said: "It's a disgusting video".

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One can be heard saying: "Didn't it start from the tenth floor, though?", while others mockingly add: "Help me!"

"It can not be justified on any level", she added.

"I want these beasts prosecuted", Kay Oldroyd who shared the video wrote.

"We try to keep our focus on the thousands of people across the country who supported us in the weeks after the fire, the hundreds that walk with us every month on the 14th and everyone who is backing our fight for justice and change".

It comes after Theresa May condemned the video, which emerged online, calling it "utterly unacceptable".

They have been taken into custody. "We are disgusted and shocked at the inhumanity and callousness of those involved in this video", the organization said.

"The survivors of the Grenfell tragedy have acted with unbelievable dignity and deserve the utmost respect", Javid added.

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