Gren­fell Tower ghoul is sent home to China

Daily Express - - NEWS - By Anil Dawar

A CHI­NESE tour guide has been sent home in dis­grace after he brought a bus full of tourists to Gren­fell Tower to take pic­tures.

The unau­tho­rised stop saw the vis­i­tors dropped off just yards from the burnt-out tower in west London where an es­ti­mated 80 peo­ple died in June.

The coach driver has also been sus­pended.

Wit­ness John Gre­gory said: “The driver said they were health and safety ex­perts. Surely there are enough pho­tographs on the in­ter­net that they don’t have to come in bus­loads to take pho­tos?”

Self­ies

A spokesman for coach provider BM Coaches said: “I would like to apol­o­gise most sin­cerely on be­half of BM Coaches & Rental Ltd for the in­sen­si­tive ac­tions of the group we were con­tracted to sup­ply trans­port to. This was an unau­tho­rised visit and as such the com­pany will take the strong­est pos­si­ble action against the driver con­cerned.

“Such be­hav­iour is com­pletely against the phi­los­o­phy with which we run our business.”

BM Coaches has sent a do­na­tion to the Gren­fell Fund.

This is the lat­est ex­am­ple of so-called grief tourism, with scores of peo­ple trav­el­ling to the tower to take self­ies.

The trend has been crit­i­cised by neigh­bours who ac­cused vis­i­tors of turn­ing Gren­fell into a tourist site.

At last month’s Not­ting Hill car­ni­val, po­lice had to erect a “ring of care” round it to stop peo­ple tak­ing pho­tos. Gut­ted shell of Gren­fell Tower where an es­ti­mated 80 peo­ple died and, left, the tour bus

Pic­ture: JONATHAN BUCKMASTER

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