PM Theresa May condemns “disgusting” Grenfell Tower effigy

The Prime Minister has criticised an “utterly disgusting” Guy Fawkes Night effigy depicting Grenfell Tower, after footage surfaced on social media.

In the video, a group are heard laughing as they place the cardboard sculpture of the London tower over a bonfire.

The effigy depicts figures at windows with their arms in the air.

Prime Minister Theresa May has condemned the shocking video in a a statement: “To disrespect those who lost their lives at Grenfell Tower, as well as their families and loved ones, is utterly unacceptable.”

The home secretary Sajid Javid and and housing and communities secretary James Brokenshire have also spoken out against those behind the effigy.

Met Police commander Stuart Cundy called the video “crude” and “vile”. He also promised any offences committed would be “fully investigated”.

London mayor Sadiq Khan called the Grenfell disaster “one of the most devastating tragedies our city has ever suffered”, calling on social media companies to remove the video.

Housing and homelessness charity Shelter labeled the video “utterly appalling” and said there should be “no place for this in our society.”

Natasha Elcock, from Grenfell United called the incident hateful: “It’s a disgusting video. We hope that the police are taking this seriously. Not only is it extremely upsetting to survivors and people who lost family, it’s hateful and offensive to everyone that has been affected by the tragic events of that night.”

Families and survivors continue to listen to distressing details of the fire as the enquiry into the disaster continues.

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