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Man arrested ‘after taking pictures of Grefnell victim’

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Man arrested ‘after taking pictures of Grefnell victim’

  • Man arrested near Latimer Road station on Wednesday afternoon, police said
  • Earlier in the day a Facebook account in the name of Omega Mwaikambo had uploaded images of a victim of the Grenfell Tower fire to Facebook
  • A post said he opened a body bag outside his flat and photographed the victim in an attempt to help identify him
  • At least 12 people died and 79 were taken to hospital after inferno at the tower

Chris Pleasance for MailOnline

A witness to the Grenfell Towers fire has been arrested after he allegedly took pictures of a dead body and posted the images on Facebook.

The man, who has not been identified by police, apparently opened a body bag that had been left outside his flat, took images of the victim, then uploaded them in an effort to help identify him.

The Metropolitan Police said a 43-year-old man was arrested near to Latimer Road station at around 6pm on suspicion of sending malicious communications and obstructing a coroner. 

A witness to the Grenfell Tower fire was arrested on Wednesday after he allegedly took pictures of a man in a body bag (right) and uploaded them to Facebook 

A witness to the Grenfell Tower fire was arrested on Wednesday after he allegedly took pictures of a man in a body bag (right) and uploaded them to Facebook 

A witness to the Grenfell Tower fire was arrested on Wednesday after he allegedly took pictures of a man in a body bag (right) and uploaded them to Facebook 

 Images of the body appeared on a Facebook page belonging to Omega Mwaikambo, who said he was trying to identify the victim when he took the pictures

 Images of the body appeared on a Facebook page belonging to Omega Mwaikambo, who said he was trying to identify the victim when he took the pictures

 Images of the body appeared on a Facebook page belonging to Omega Mwaikambo, who said he was trying to identify the victim when he took the pictures

The images appeared on a Facebook page belonging to a man named Omega Mwaikambo on Wednesday morning.

They show the head of a dead body, with the rest of the remains wrapped in plastic sheeting. 

It is thought the victim had jumped from Grenfell Tower in an attempt to escape the fire and paramedics were unable to save him.

Witnesses said the body was then wrapped in a sheet as emergency services moved on to treat others.

Posts by Mr Mwaikambo claim the body had been outside his apartment for more than two hours with no police or ambulance crews around.

Police confirmed that a man was arrested near Latimer Road station at around 6pm, but could provide no further details

Police confirmed that a man was arrested near Latimer Road station at around 6pm, but could provide no further details

Police confirmed that a man was arrested near Latimer Road station at around 6pm, but could provide no further details

When asked whether he opened the body bag, Mr Mwaikambo replied: ‘Yes.’

At least 12 people have died and 79 taken to hospital following the fire which broke out in the early hours of Wednesday morning in west London.

Eighteen people are believed to be in critical condition as police warn that the death toll is certain to rise in the coming hours and days.

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