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Police investigating Grenfell effigy video hand file of evidence to prosecutors

The footage sparked disgust when it was posted online in November

Smoke pours from the fire at Grenfell Tower in west London which killed 72 people (Natalie Oxford/PA)
Smoke pours from the fire at Grenfell Tower in west London which killed 72 people (Natalie Oxford/PA)

Prosecutors are considering whether to bring criminal charges against a group of men filmed burning an effigy of Grenfell Tower.

The Metropolitan Police passed a file of evidence to the Crown Prosecution Service around 10 days ago and a decision will be made “in due course”.

Six men were arrested and a seventh interviewed under caution over the video, which sparked outrage when it was posted online in November.

A total of 72 people died as a result of the tragedy at the west London block on June 14 2017.

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Still from a video posted on social media of a model of Grenfell Tower being burned over a fire

The clip showed a model depicting Grenfell Tower being placed over a naked flame and set alight to a cacophony of laughter.

During the footage, a person can be heard saying “Didn’t it start from the 10th floor, though?”, while others add “Help me! Help me!” and “Jump out the window!”

Another says “Here we go” as the fire takes hold.

As flames wrap around halfway up the model, a man says: “All the little ninjas getting it at the minute.”

A CPS spokesman said: “The police have passed evidence to the CPS regarding a video which featured a model of Grenfell Tower on fire.

“The CPS is now considering the available evidence and will make a decision in due course on whether anyone should be charged with any criminal offences.”

The six men who were arrested were a 19-year-old, a 46-year-old and a 49-year-old, all from South Norwood, a 49-year-old from Lambeth, a 55-year-old from Beckenham, and another 19-year-old.

Bobbi Connell, 19, and his father, Clifford Smith, 49, were among the group who handed themselves in to police.

At the time the teenager’s mother, Louise Connell, told the Sun the footage was “disgusting” and that her son would “get some words from me”.

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