London police and authorities are working to prevent selfies from being taken at the charred remains of Grenfell Tower, and barriers were erected last week to block out the estimated two million people who would be passing through the area for the annual Notting Hill Carnival.
Grenfell Tower was a 24-story residential building that saw a major fire on June 14th, 2017. The fire killed at least 80 people (including photographer Khadija Saye) and sparked protests over government housing policies. Much the dismay of residents of the area, the site became a popular destination for selfies shared on social media.
— ELLEUK (@ELLEUK) June 22, 2017
— Guy Smallman (@GuySmallman) June 18, 2017
LBC reports that both the Met Police and Transport for London were taking action to stop “grief tourists” from visiting the building for photos and selfies.
— Rachael Venables (@rachaelvenables) August 25, 2017
In addition to the barriers blocking off nearby streets, extra police officers were also deployed this weekend to ensure that only residents could enter the immediate vicinity.
Transport for London has also been setting up barriers around the rail lines and keeping trains on platforms for longer to minimize opportunities to view and photograph the tower.