Man who set fire to cardboard model of Grenfell Tower and posted sick footage online charged

A man has been charged following an investigation into a video posted online that showed a cardboard model of Grenfell Tower being burnt. (Met Police)

A 46-year-old man who posted a video online showing a group setting fire to a cardboard model of Grenfell Tower has been charged.

Paul Bussetti of South Norwood, London, was charged on Friday with two counts of sending or causing to be sent grossly offensive material via a public communications network, Scotland Yard confirmed this morning.

Six men were arrested and another questioned over the video, posted in November 2018.

Five people are still under investigation according to Scotland Yard.

The footage showed a cardboard model marked ‘Grenfell Tower’ being consumed by flames.

Mocking shouts of ‘help me’ and ‘jump out the window’ could be heard along with gales of laughters.

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

Grenfell Tower, in west London, after high winds damaged plastic sheeting covering the building.

Campaign group Justice 4 Grenfell called the video a hate crime.

A spokesperson said "We are disgusted and shocked at the inhumanity and callousness of those involved in this video."

"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.

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

Demonstrators march in the Grenfell fire one-year anniversary solidarity march organised by Justice4Grenfell. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

After the video emerged, the mother of one of the men arrested branded the stunt ‘disgusting’.

Louise Connell said her son Bobbi Connell, 19, who handed himself in over the sick clip, would 'get some words from me'.

She said: "In a million years I never thought any of them would be involved in anything like this.

"It's disgusting, absolutely disgusting. I've been shaking since I found out."

It is thought Mr Connell's father Cliff, who also handed himself in to police, hosted the party where the model was set alight.

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