Grenfell effigy thugs who call themselves 'party animals' branded 'racist lager lout scumbags' by angry neighbours – as cops raid home and arrest sixth man
Clifford Smith, 49, is under fire after he held the controversial party at his home in South Norwood, in South London, on Saturday.
Those that attended the get-together have been described as "racist lager lout scumbags" by those living nearby.
A stunned neighbour today told The Sun Online “at least a dozen” friends turned up and were lighting fireworks between 7pm and 10pm.
The man, who didn’t want to be named, said: “He had a bonfire party and at least a dozen people turned up.
“A few of them were letting off fireworks, I’ve been picking up rocket sticks all morning – they went everywhere.”
The neighbour said Smith and his son moved in around five years ago and said the dad seemed “nationalistic”.
He added: “He didn’t really communicate, he just kept himself to himself.
“He has a huge 6 x 4 St George’s flag in his back garden. I always thought he was a bit nationalistic.
“When we saw the flag we were laughing, I mean, who flies a flag like that these days?
“The flag has been up since they moved in – it’s weird, it’s just the way they are I suppose, they’re not inclusive and keep themselves isolated.
“I’m not sure why they put the video on social media. I don’t think they are the sharpest tools in the box.”
A black Jaguar was parked outside Smith’s £500,000 semi-detached home.
There was a St George’s flag on the number plate and QPR boxing gloves hanging from the rear view mirror.
Earlier we reported how the men had whined their lives are in danger as they were unmasked as being behind the sick stunt.
Bobbi Connell, 19, his dad Smith, 49, and neighbour Paul Bussetti, 46, handed themselves into cops last night after the horrific footage emerged on social media.
Tonight, a 19-year-old man became the latest person to be arrested over the video – meaning a total of six are now being quizzed by cops.
The Sun Online earlier revealed Mark Russell, 49, as one of the men in the video.
It is not clear if he is among those arrested but he could clearly be seen smirking as flames engulfed the side of the cardboard tower on Sunday night.
Today, Mr Bussetti's family denied the men are racist and said they are "in so much danger" after the stunt "got out of hand" and went viral.
A relative told MailOnline: "They didn’t want it to go this far.
"It’s not what it was. They are not racist. It’s been blown out of proportion. It was horrible what they’ve done. They are going to be paying now aren’t they."
The relative spoke out as it was claimed Mr Bussetti's own father – Lorenzo – was also tragically killed in 2002.
One source said: "Paul should know better. His dad was murdered in a horrific attack. He himself should know how it feels to lose someone.
"They are racists. They are lager louts, scumbags. EDL wannabes."
Meanwhile, Bobbi's granddad David Connell slammed the footage as "dreadfully bad taste".
The video, filmed in Clifford Smith's South London garden, shows the throng jeering as they burn a replica of the doomed tower – before crowing "stay in your flat" as it goes up in flames.
Cops were today pictured searching the home in South Norwood – sifting through bins under the front window before removing two clear plastic bags which appeared to contain gaffer tape and white tags.
Evidence of a fire could be seen in the back garden of the house as well as an England flag. A similar flag was visible behind the Grenfell model in the video.
Earlier today officers spent two hours sweeping the property, taking away two clear plastic bags which appeared to contain gaffer tape and white tags.
Up to 10 men and two women were at the party on Sunday evening. Five men – aged 19 to 55 – are currently being questioned at Croydon Custody Centre.
Smith's son Bobbi's Facebook page says he attended Harris Academy in South Norwood, and now works as a store manager for Ralph Lauren.
He supports Crystal Palace FC, and posted has posted shots of himself playing Playstation and touring the London Eye.
A black Range Rover Sport with an England flag on its back registration was parked outside Paul Bussetti's terraced home this morning – just one street away from Smith's house.
A sign reading "The Bussetti Family: Party Animals" was fixed on the wall next his front door.
Neighbour Lauren Rosseau, 18, said: "It's not nice I don't think he was ever really like that.
"I didn't expect that he would do that, it's quite shocking."
Last night the warped mob were slammed by survivors and the Prime Minister.
PM Theresa May tweeted: "To disrespect those who lost their lives at Grenfell Tower, as well as their families and loved ones, is utterly unacceptable."
And the police officer in charge of investigating the inferno that claimed 72 lives called the video "vile" and "callous".
Cops launched a hate crime investigation within hours of the shocking footage going viral.
Survivor Rita Tankarian, 66, who escaped from the 17th floor of the burning tower, said the video has brought back "horrendous memories".
She told The Sun: “I don’t know how people can laugh and make fun of such a tragedy.
"How can they be so happy when so many people died, and many people are still suffering. I would like to ask – why did you do it?
“I would like them to be more sensitive, but I just don’t understand how they can do what they did.
"What's worse is that they look like they put a lot of time and effort into it – and never stopped to think how it would affect people who suffered through it.
“It has brought back some horrendous memories, it really is disgusting.”
Met Police Commander Stuart Cundy, who is leading the investigation into the fire, said he was "frankly appalled by the callous nature of the video" in a statement.
He said: "To mock that disaster in such a crude way is vile. I can't image the distress this video will undoubtedly cause to bereaved families and survivors."
He went on to reiterate that a serious investigation was being undertaken to catch those responsible.
During the video 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.
In the video 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"
The footage was reported to Scotland Yard by Twitter user Kay Oldroyd – who dubbed the gang "racist, bigoted individuals".
She raged: "I want these beasts prosecuted. Flying the English flag and enjoying a good old laugh at the expense of 100's of lives who died in the most horrific way.
"As much as I hate to share this video I want them identified."
The Grenfell Tower fire in West London left 72 people dead in June 2017
The Grenfell Tower fire broke out in June 2017 in a 24-storey block of flats in North Kensington, West London.
At least 350 people were thought to be inside when the blaze began and some were still trapped hours later.
Khadijah Mamudu, whose mother and younger brother escaped the fire, said she was stunned by the "vile act".
She said: "I really don't know what to say, for once I'm honestly lost for words.
"The community is stronger together and even this vile act by flag-waving, intellectually challenged, brainwashed sheep won't derail the fight for justice nor will it knock 'us' off our stride as we walk forward, in dignity, in unity, in solidarity."
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