Mum left shaking with rage after seeing son involved in Grenfell Tower effigy

https://metro.co.uk/2018/11/07/mum-left-shaking-with-rage-after-seeing-son-involved-in-grenfell-tower-effigy-fire-8112545/

A teenager arrested over a video mocking the Grenfell Tower tragedy is going to get a telling off from his mum next time he sees her.

Bobbi Connell, 19, was part of a group of men questioned by police over the footage that emerged in south London.

Now his mum Louise called their actions ‘disgusting’ adding that he would ‘get some words from me’ when they are reunited.

**FACEBOOK PICTURE** Bobbi Connell, 19, has been named by his grandfather who said he was 'utterly shocked' to see him in footage (right) believed to have been filmed on Saturday. Bobbi is understood to have handed himself in to police along with his father Cliff (together main picture), who is believed to have hosted the shocking bonfire party at his south London home

Bobbi Connell, 19, (pictured with dad Cliff who was also arrested) has been spoken to by police – now he is facing the wrath of his mother

Louise Connell

Louise Connell said her son Bobbi, 19, would ‘get some words from me’ when she next sees him

Scotland Yard confirmed on Tuesday evening that all six men held by police investigating the ‘offensive’ video had been freed pending further inquiries.

They 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.

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It is claimed Bobbi’s father, Cliff Smith, had hosted the party at which the model depicting the Grenfell Tower was placed over a naked flame and set alight to a cacophony of laughter.

Ms Connell told The Sun: ‘I had no idea they were handing themselves in. 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.’

The video was condemned by Prime Minister Theresa May as well as Grenfell campaign groups.









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THIS is the sickening moment a group of Bonfire Night party-goers laugh as they torch a replica of Grenfell Tower in place of a traditional Guy. Shocking footage shows the throng jeering as they burn a cardboard structure with Grenfell Tower written on the side in a sick nod to the tragedy that claimed 72 lives. Onlookers can be heard mockingly chanting "help me, help me" as the tower - with cut-out drawings of residents trying to escape - is lifted onto the bonfire. A woman can be heard heard smirking "Bye everyone! Bye!" as the replica catches fire. In a twisted reference to the London Fire Service's deadly 'stay-put' advice, a man can be heard jeering: "Stay in your flat we are coming to get ya" - while another tells residents to "jump out the window". Another joked: "That's what happens when they don't pay their rent"

Five men were arrested after setting fire to an effigy of Grenfell Tower

Ms Connell added: ‘My heart really goes out to the Grenfell families – people who have lost loved ones and then have ended up reliving the horror by seeing all this. It’s like killing these poor people all over again.’

Officers were seen searching a south London address in relation to the incident earlier on Tuesday.

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Three officers from the Metropolitan Police carried evidence bags into the terrace property in South Norwood.

Aerial images of the property appeared to show charred patches of grass along with an England flag lying across the rear of the garden.

A similar flag was visible behind the Grenfell model in the video.

The video of the burning effigy sparked outrage across the UK (Picture: PA)

The property is registered to 49-year-old Clifford Smith, according to public records.

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

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During the clip, 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: ‘(inaudible) All the little ninjas getting it at the minute (lots of laughs).’

The five men handed themselves in at a police station in South London (Picture: PA)