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Woolwich Terror Attack Day 2: Drummer Lee Rigby named as victim
Updated 5:40pm Thursday 23rd May 2013 in News
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- Soldier killed in attack named as 25-year-old Drummer Lee Rigby
- Victim leaves behind two-year-old son, Jack
- Two suspects shot by police are in hospital under armed guard
- Security increased at barracks across London
- Four people arrested during raid in Eastney Street, East Greenwich
- Police search property in Lincolnshire
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Sergeant Barry Ward, Drum Major Second Fusiliers, said:
"Drummer Rigby was a loving father, with a very bubbly character.
"He was an excellent Drummer, loved his job and was a highly popular member of the Platoon.
"He had served in Afghanistan as an FSG Operator and was very diligent in his work.
"He was always around when needed and will be sorely missed by all members of the Second Fusiliers Corps of Drums. Once a Fusilier, always a Fusilier."
Warrant Officer Class 1 Ned Miller, Regimental Sergeant Major Second Fusiliers, said: "Riggers is what every battalion needs. He was one of the Battalion’s great characters always smiling and always ready to brighten the mood with his fellow Fusiliers.
"He was an excellent drummer and well respected within the Drums platoon. He was easily identified whilst on parade by the huge smile on his face and how proud he was to be a member of the Drums.
"He would always stop for a chat just to tell me Manchester United would win the league again.
"My thoughts are with his family and they will always be part of the Fusilier family. Once a Fusilier, always a Fusilier."
Captain Alan Williamson, Adjutant Second Fusiliers (and Drummer Rigby’s Platoon Commander 2010-2011), said:
"Drummer Rigby or ‘Riggers’ as he was known within the Platoon was a cheeky and humorous man, always there with a joke to brighten the mood, he was an extremely popular member of the Fire Support Group (FSG).
"An excellent side drummer and highly competent machine gunner, he was always there to help out the younger members of the FSG whenever possible.
"His loss will be felt across the Battalion but this is nothing compared to how his family must be feeling at this difficult time, our thoughts and prayers are with them. Once a Fusilier, always a Fusilier."
Tributes to Drummer Lee Rigby, who was killed in Woolwich yesterday.
Lieutenant Colonel Jim Taylor MBE, Commanding Officer Second Fusiliers, said:"Drummer Lee Rigby was a dedicated and professional soldier.
"He was a real character within the Second Fusiliers. Larger than life, he was at the heart of our Corps of Drums.
"An experienced and talented side drummer and machine gunner, he was a true warrior and served with distinction in Afghanistan, Germany and Cyprus.
"His ability, talent and personality made him a natural choice to work in the recruiting group.
"He will be sorely missed by everyone in the Second Fusiliers. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends at this incredibly difficult time. Once a Fusilier, Always a Fusilier."
Drummer Lee Rigby, or 'Riggers', was in 2nd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers
The Ministry of Defence has released this statement: "Drummer Lee Rigby or ‘Riggers’ to his friends was born in July 1987 in Crumpsall, Manchester.
"He joined the Army in 2006 and on successful completion of his infantry training course at Infantry Training Centre Catterick was selected to be a member of the Corps of Drums and posted to 2nd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers (also known as the ‘Second Fusiliers’ or ‘2 RRF’).
"His first posting was as a machine gunner in Cyprus where the battalion was serving as the resident infantry battalion in Dhekelia.
"Having performed a plethora of tasks while in Cyprus, he returned to the UK in the early part of 2008 to Hounslow, West London.
"Here, Drummer Rigby stood proudly outside the Royal Palaces as part of the Battalion’s public duties commitment.
"He was an integral member of the Corps of Drums throughout the Battalion’s time on public duties, the highlight of which was being a part of the Household Division’s Beating the Retreat - a real honour for a line infantry Corps of Drums.
"In April 2009, Drummer Rigby deployed on Operations for the first time to Helmand province, Afghanistan, where he served as a member of the Fire Support Group in Patrol Base Woqab. On returning to the UK he completed a second tour of public duties and then moved with the Battalion to Celle, Germany, to be held at a state of high readiness for contingency operations as part of the Small Scale Contingency Battle Group.
"In 2011, Drummer Rigby took up a Recruiting post in London where he also assisted with duties at Regimental Headquarters in the Tower of London.
"An extremely popular and witty soldier, Drummer Rigby was a larger than life personality within the Corps of Drums and was well known, liked and respected across the Second Fusiliers.
"He was a passionate and life-long Manchester United fan.
"A loving father to his son Jack, aged 2 years, he will be sorely missed by all who knew him. The Regiment’s thoughts and prayers are with his family during this extremely difficult time. “Once a Fusilier, always a Fusilier.”
The soldier killed in the attack has been named as Drummer Lee Rigby of 2nd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers.
MP for Greenwich and Woolwich Nick Raynsford, who spent today in Woolwich with Prime Minister David Cameron and Mayor of London Boris Johnson, told News Shopper:
“I am still very shocked, but encouraged by the very positive community response.
“Yesterday we saw the worst of human nature and the best of human nature.
“We saw the hideous attack and desperately sad killing of a soldier and also members of the community reacting with extraordinary courage – trying to help the victim and confronting the attackers.
“I have been at a series of meetings today involving the Prime Minister and Mayor of London and there was absolute determination across the board to ensure we get over this and don’t allow the merchants of hatred and prejudice to achieve their objectives.
“London has come through some pretty awful things in the past and always overcome them.
He said there were three things that needed to happen now following the attack:
“One: to await the detailed police investigation and trial of the suspects and it is important that justice is seen to be done.
"But also to understand the background to this – two people attacking in isolation, or whether other networks and connections.
“If so, what action can be done to prevent repeats.
“Secondly, addressing the question of how people do get sucked into this kind of terrible attacks.
“What was it that caused two relatively young boys to be filled with such venom?
"And we need to be much more resolute to find ways to counter extremism and terrorism and help young people so they don’t sucked in.
“Thirdly, we need to reassure the community as a whole that this is the action of a very small number of people who are not representative, and the message that people need to lead their lives and not live in fear.
“There have been very very impressive responses, very touching how many people went and laid flowers.
"A number of people have spoken to me today to say how shocked and how determined they are they wouldn’t let it get on top of us.
“And just like the riots, the response of the community was magnificent and the response was impressive, if not more impressive.”
Floral tributes being laid in John Charles Street today
The woman who spoke to one of the men pictured with blood on their hands after an attack on a man in Woolwich told ITV's Daybreak this morning that she did not fear for her life because 'rather me than a child'.
Police vans in John Wilson Street
John Wilson Street in Woolwich this afternoon. The road remains closed off while police continue to investigate yesterday's terror attack.
David Evennett, MP for Bexleyheath and Crayford, said: "The barbaric attack which took place in Woolwich yesterday has shocked us all.
"My thoughts, together with the thoughts of millions of people across our country, go out to the victim’s family and friends.
"I share the comments made by the Prime Minister that we must all stand united in abhorrence of the individuals who carried out this attack.
"I also believe that those responsible for this atrocity should be brought to justice as soon as possible, using the full force of the law, once the security services have established the full facts."
Assistant Commissioner for Specialist Crime and Operations Mark Rowley made told the Police and Crime Committee "For operational reasons I am limited on what further details I can release but I can confirm that it’s a fast moving inquiry and police have conducted searches at a number of locations but it would not be appropriate for me to elaborate on this.
"As you would expect we are also liaising closely with the military to ensure appropriate security measures are in place in relation to military premises and personnel.
"What is now important is that we continue to work together, and we are working with our communities. We are here to listen and understand the concerns being raised at this time.
"There was an increased police presence in Woolwich and the surrounding areas overnight and this will continue for as long as it is needed. We will continue to monitor the situation throughout."
The floral tributes build up outside the Royal Artillery Barracks in Woolwich http://t.co/c9K5F2n0jb http://t.co/27ohCA0LyQ— @HuffPostUKPics 23 May 2013
The Union Jack flag flies at half mast over Woolwich Barracks, a day after the murder of a soldier http://t.co/zRUoV9AOFw— @HuffPostUKPics 23 May 2013
Chairman of the London Assembly Darren Johnson, also a Lewisham councillor, said: “It is impossible to imagine the agony, pain and grief the family and friends of the victim of yesterday’s brutal murder on the streets of Woolwich must be feeling. I know they will be receiving all the support the Army can offer and that they have the deepest sympathy of all my colleagues on the London Assembly.
“In the face of such brutality we will not allow our democracy to be derailed and we must not allow our city to be divided. We must stand together, eight million Londoners shoulder to shoulder with those individuals who risk their lives to serve their country.
“This afternoon the Assembly’s Police and Crime Committee received an update from the Metropolitan Police about their ongoing inquiry into the murder and the actions they are taking to reassure Londoners and offer additional protection where it is most needed.
“We are grateful for the hard work of so many frontline police officers involved in responding to and investigating this dreadful crime. We will continue to monitor the situation as part of the Assembly’s ongoing scrutiny of policing and crime on behalf of Londoners.”
Since the incident occurred, I've been offered up to £75k from media outlets for my story. I've turned them all down.— @BOYADEE 23 May 2013
This story is not about ME And doesn't need to be sensationalised anymore by me selling my story for a few bucks.— @BOYADEE 23 May 2013
So it appears Twitter user @boyadee, who was the focus of much attention yesterday for his eyewitness account of the Woolwich attack, has turned down a small fortune for giving media interviews.
Would you also turn down big cash offers if you were in the same position?
RT @David_Cameron: Strong sense of unity during meeting with community leaders in Woolwich with Mayor Boris Johnson & Nick Raynsford MP http://t.co/rh95iqjvHb— @jarekkuzniar 23 May 2013
Rev. Sue Scottley says:
"I have every confidence that we Woolwich people will 'keep calm and carry on' and the vortex of hate being swirled up by the EDL and those of their hate filled ilk will dissipate."
New Eltham station this morning: passengers have raised 700.00 for family of Woolwich murder victim - restored faith in human nature.— @CazzaHayesRedEd 23 May 2013
A neighbour in Eastney Street, Greenwich, where four people were arrested today, claims the family living there were originally from Blackheath but had moved in after its elderly resident died a month ago.
Beckenham MP Colonel Bob Stewart has said he would have shot dead the "disgusting inviduals" responsible for yesterday’s terror attack in Woolwich.
The attack, which saw a serving soldier hacked to death at around 2pm yesterday, has stunned politicians and the public alike.
Col Stewart said the perpetrators, who allegedly wielded a machete and filmed the attack, are ‘going straight to Hell’.
He said the Human Rights Act prevents the security services from tracking down terrorists and there needs to be change.
Col Stewart said: “My heart is broken for the boy who suffered this dreadful death and the family. Whose wouldn’t be?
“I’m surprised the police didn’t kill them. I would have done – I would have shot them dead.
“These disgusting individuals believe through their perverted version of Islam they will become martyrs. Well, I have news for them.
“If they think they’re going to Heaven - God will have no time for them whatsoever and there is no religion in the world which would countenance such a disgusting act of violence.
“Those people will go to Hell and I hope they go there soon.”
Col Stewart believes whether or not the attackers were members of a more organised collective, there needs to be reform.
He said: “We are reminded how potent the acts of a small group can be.
“The problem is we can’t get rid of people who and this is because of the European Human Rights Act.
“Those people who have done this terrorism – I do not want them in the UK.”
“There are around 2,000 people who the security forces are interested in who we can’t get rid of.”
Col Stewart is concerned the security services are not able to trace terrorist activity effectively because of the law.
He said: “They have their hands tied because they’re not able to monitor terrorist activity or act on suspicious activity when it's been discovered.”
“There are people who are advocating terrorism and it has been proved and they should be sent out of this country.”
Dr David Dixon is head teacher of Mulgrave Primary School, close to where the attack happened, and where pupils have been going to school as normal today.
He said: "To have an incident of this nature take place so close to the school was obviously very shocking for pupils, staff and parents.
"At the time, no one knew the exact nature of the incident and whether there was the potential for further risk to children’s safety. We therefore immediately put our contingency measures in place – making sure that all children were safe and helping them to stay calm, then making arrangements as soon as possible to contact parents and ensure children could safely be taken home.
"Today our priority has been to focus on ensuring children have as calm and as normal a day as possible. Parents have been very supportive of the school in this, despite the obvious shock at having such an incident take place in their community.
"Staff have been talking informally with children this morning about what happened, since when we have sought to have as normal a school day as possible.
"Mulgrave has very close links with the local community in Woolwich, which is diverse and harmonious, and we are determined to support local residents and community groups to remain united and calm in the days and weeks ahead."
Chair of Governors Ian Taylor added: "Mulgrave is a successful and harmonious school and the school’s strong and supportive ethos has clearly helped in our response to what’s happened.
"It’s clear from the comments of parents that our staff were exemplary in their response to the incident, and I would like to pay tribute to their calmness and professionalism."
One neighbour in Eastney Street, who did not want to be named, told News Shopper: "This morning I heard some noise and I came through to the kitchen and saw two policemen. They were walking with a young guy with handcuffs on.
"I went through to the other side of the house and I saw lots of policemen with balaclavas and rifles."
Another said: "My son was up because he was studying for an exam and he told me there was something happening
"I looked outside and I saw two policemen with guns."
Residents said the family were mixed race with a son around the age of 16, a mother, her sister and daughter.
Police officers are guarding the entrance to a ground-floor flat in Aylmer House.
Police are continuing to search a ground-floor flat in Aylmer House, Eastney Street, in East Greenwich.
Four people were arrested from this property during a dawn raid this morning.
It has been suggested on Twitter that alleged suspect Michael Adebolajo was a Greenwich University student.
When News Shopper put the claim to a Greenwich University spokeswoman this afternoon, she said: "We are being guided by the police."
Sara Pettit leaves flowers close to the scene.
Police remain at the scene this afternoon.
More reports naming 28-year-old Michael Adebolajo as one of the Woolwich knife attack suspects.
Metropolitan police: Extra 1,200 police officers will be on London's streets today - including places of worship. Officers are asking for calm
Am told that riot police were blocking off streets round Gifford House on Eastney Street in East Greenwich earlier.— @make_trouble 23 May 2013
Assistant Commissioner Simon Byrne has defended the response times of police, saying officers were dispatched within five minutes and the situation was dealt with in 14 minutes.
He said an extra 1,200 police officers had been deployed across London.
Anyone with any information or may have witnessed what took place is asked to contact the Anti-Terrorist Hotline 0800 789 321.
And anyone who has still or moving images of the incident at Woolwich to send them to: email@example.com - include your name and contact details, which will be treated in strictest confidence.
Boris Johnson spoke to police at the scene and made a short statement. He said: "Those guilty will be brought speedily to justice and I've absolutely no doubt that Londoners can go about their lives in the normal way today."
He added: "This is not a question now of blaming the religion of Islam. It's certainly not a question of blaming any aspect of British foreign policy."
Mr Johnson said the fault lies "entirely in the minds of those responsible for this crime."
Officers carrying out searches close to the scene.
The Scout Association has praised scout volunteer Ingrid Loau-Kennett who stood up to the attackers.
Wayne Bulpitt, UK Chief Commissioner said: 'We are very proud of Scout volunteer Ingrid Loyau-Kennett for her calm and measured actions in very difficult circumstances.
"We are looking to make an award of bravery to her in the fullness of time to recognise her actions.
'At this time our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of the victim of this terrible crime.'
Flowers are laid at the scene in Woolwich.
A statement from the Lewisham Islamic Centre says: "We are deeply shocked by the tragic and disturbing events which unfolded in Woolwich on May 22.
"It is further disturbing to hear that these individuals were Muslims. From our perspective, we would like to clarify and confirm categorically, that these actions are in no way, shape or form from the teachings of Islam.
"Islam’s position on the sanctity of life, the concept of justice and the
value of human life is such that the Quran equates the taking of one
human life unjustly, with killing all of humanity - thus the Quran
prohibits murder in clear terms.
"It is inevitable at times like these that various groups will seek to
drive a wedge between communities. We believe our community in the
London Borough of Lewisham (LBL) is an excellent one that has an
outstanding record with respect to community cohesion within and beyond
"We sincerely hope that the heinous crime that has taken place will
not lead to long term discord within the borough or beyond."
Dartford MP Gareth Johnson has said described the Woolwich attack as "cowardly and sickening."
He said: "This was a cowardly and sickening attack on an unarmed man who, unlike his assailants, was a decent man who contributed to society.
"I spoke with the local police commanders shortly after this incident and they reassured me that although extra patrols had been deployed across the county, there were no specific issues affecting our local area.
"Clearly my thoughts go out to the victim’s family at this difficult time for them.”
Kayleigh Udall sent an email to News Shopper which read: "I have a little brother and sister who were too scared to even walk out our front door this morning because they go past where the incident happened yesterday everyday.
"Hate that it's come to children being scared to leave their own house."
Woolwich resident Carrie Harman has emailed News Shopper and said: "I am sickened by this. I have kept my 4 year old son off from nursery to protect him from seeing it all.
"He actually told me yesterday that he didn't want to go to school because there were bad men at his school and that is him just picking up on us talking around him.
"I had picked up my son two hours before this happened, we walked down that road it makes me sick to my stomach.
"I'm scared to go out my front door."
David Cameron has made a statement outside 10 Downing Street, praising the work of police and security forces dealing with an attack that "sickened us all".
He said: "The people who did this were trying to divide us. They should know something like this will only bring us together and make us stronger.
"Today our thoughts are with the victim and with his family. They're grieving for their loved on and we've lost a brave soldier."
He added: "This country will be absolutely resolute in its stand against violent extremism and terror.
"We will never give in to terror or terrorism in any of its forms."
He went on: "This was not just an attack on Britain, and on the British way of life, it was also a betrayal of Islam and of the Muslim communities who give so much to this country.
"There is nothing in Islam that justifies this truly dreadful act."
He also suggested the two suspects were already known to security services
Police officers leaving the cordon this morning.
Confirmation yesterday's victim was a soldier is awful news. Our local servicemen and women are valued members of our community. #Woolwich— @nigelfletcher 23 May 2013
Assistant Commissioner Simon Byrne, said in a statement: "Today our shock at what happened on the streets of our city remains.
"The investigation into the shocking murder of a serving soldier yesterday is ongoing, and is of course a major investigation for us.
"It is only right that the ongoing investigations are allowed to take place, and they must take as long as is needed without anyone pre-empting what they may conclude. I would ask for Londoners help and support for us to continue. Please remain calm. London is at its best when we all come together and now is the time to do that.
"One point I would like to address is around some of the speculation as to how long it took the Met to respond yesterday as this incident started to unfold. We first received a 999 call from the public at 14:20hrs stating a man was being attacked, further 999 calls stated that the attackers were in possession of a gun. We had officers at the scene within 9 minutes of receiving that first 999 call.
"Once that information about a gun or guns being present was known firearms officers were assigned at 14:24hrs. Firearms officers were there and dealing with the incident 10 minutes after they were assigned, 14 minutes after the first call to the Met.
"What is even more important today is that we continue to work together, and we are working with our communities. We are here to listen and understand the concerns that this brutal attack will have raised.
"The Borough Commander in Greenwich held a meeting with community leaders last night and we are grateful for the support from the public.
"There has been an increased police presence in Woolwich and the surrounding areas overnight and this will continue for as long as it is needed. We will continue to monitor the situation throughout.
"There were small incidents of minor disorder in Woolwich last night, but these were closely monitored and dealt with, where appropriate, by officers in the area. There were no arrests or reports of any injuries or damage and there have been no further incidents reported.
"We urge anyone who filmed or took photos as events unfolded in John Wilson Street to send them to police via firstname.lastname@example.org - please include your name and contact details, which will be treated in strictest confidence. Alternatively contact the confidential Anti-Terrorist Hotline 0800 789 321."
Councillor Duwayne Brooks, a lead member for community cohesion at the Local Government Group and friend of Stephen Lawrence, who was murdered in a racist attack in Eltham, will visit Woolwich today.
He said: "The murderous attack in Woolwich yesterday was a despicable act of savagery.
"My heart goes out to the victim and his family.
"As the lead member for community cohesion I'd urge restraint on both the Muslim and EDL communities.
"We need to think about what the family is going through at this moment in time."
It is being reported that police have raided a house on a Greenwich housing estate at 5.30am this morning.
Two sisters in their 30s, an older woman and teenage boy were taken away by the police, according to reports.
The attack in Woolwich was horrific, the actions of local people in response and the head-teacher and staff at the school are a reflection— @Len_Duvall 23 May 2013
of the values and strength of our community. Our thoughts are with the victim’s family and his colleagues in the armed forces.— @Len_Duvall 23 May 2013
The latest from the Met regarding the identity of the dead soldier:
"We can confirm that the man who died in Woolwich yesterday is a serving soldier.
"We believe we know his identity but he has yet to be formally identified. His next of kin have been informed.
"In line with the wishes of his family we will not be releasing his identity at this stage.
"A post-mortem examination will take place later today."
Kent Police's Assistant Chief Constable Gary Beautridge will be addressing media at Kent Police Headquarters in Maidstone this afternoon.
He will be following up his earlier re-assurance that officers are providing a visible presence to ensure people feel safe across the county.
It is being reported police officers are searching a house in Saxilby, Lincolnshire, which could be connected to one of the two suspects.
Mayor of London Boris Johnson is visiting the scene at around 11.30am this morning where he will make a speech.
The BBC has reported that Lincolnshire police have confirmed the Metropolitan police have executed a search warrant at an address in Lincolnshire, in connection with the attack.
Woolwich stands strong: After the London riots of 2011 people posted messages of goodwill and support for the town on a wall at the Great Harry pub.
We are now inviting people to post comments in support of Woolwich online following yesterday's attack.
The murdered soldier is believed to have been wearing a Help for Heroes t-shirt at the time of the attack, while donations have reportedly soared over night.
A spokesman for the charity said: "Help for Heroes is appalled to hear that a man, believed to be a serving soldier, has been brutally murdered in Woolwich.
"We are desperately saddened to hear of this sickening attack and offer our thoughts and prayers to his family, colleagues and friends."
Bromley Police had additional officers on standby and on patrol yesterday because of the brutal murder in Woolwich.
But a spokesman says they did not attend the actual incident.
The police tent used to cover the body of the dead soldier in Woolwich yesterday was provided by Bexley MPS.
The initials RY - as seen on the tent from this picture - abbreviate Romeo Yankee, and trace the tent back to Bexley.
William Ekinu and Surinder Cheema from Greenwich Coalition for Equality and Human Rights (GCEHR) have condemned the attack and called for unity.
They said: "GCEHR condemns in the strongest terms the cold blooded and cowardly murder of a British soldier yesterday in Woolwich.
"This senseless, barbaric and deluded act is inexcusable. These acts do nothing but promote racism and inequality as well as human rights abuses and should be condemned by all sections of the Greenwich community."
Officers from Bexley police are among those being requested to patrol areas outside the borough in south London.
A Bexley Police spokesman said: "Officers from every single borough were requested on aid to specific areas in case of any problems occurring.
"Our officers are in place across London, using information based on the information from the riots previously.
"It makes common sense to actually show a police presence in certain areas of London to say ‘it is not going to happen’ to any potential troublemakers."
Rumours began circulating on Facebook and Twitter last night about disorder at Crayford Mosque.
A mosque spokesman has already dismissed these claims.
A Bexley police spokesman added: "If there are officers around Crayford Mosque then it is probably because there was that threatened demonstration and so we would naturally put a few officers in that area to patrol the area and show a presence."
Members of the Bexley branch of the English Defence League were filmed during a march in Woolwich last night.
Sky News captured the group who were among between 75 and 100 men gathered at The Queen's Arms pub on Burrage Grove, where they sang nationalistic songs.
It is believed some supporters threw missiles at riot police.
Do you live or work in Woolwich? Are you a parent of a child at the nearby school? How have you been affected by yesterday's attack? Add your comments below, email News Shopper or call the newsroom on 01689 885703.
A Royal British Legion spokesman said: "The Royal British Legion is concerned and saddened to learn that a serving member of the Armed Forces has been brutally attacked and murdered in Woolwich.
"As with all deaths in service, but particularly with this terribly distressing incident, we extend our condolences and support to his family, colleagues and friends."
A spokesman for the North West Kent Muslim Association has quashed rumours of a riot outside the mosque in Crayford last night.
There have been reports on Twitter of trouble outside the High Street mosque.
Syed Alam told News Shopper: “I think there were police outside for security but I’ve not heard anything about an incident last night.”
I have been updated by the commissioner and will chair Cobra shortly. I will make a statement on this sickening killing this morning— @David_Cameron 23 May 2013
Here are a selection of images our photographer took at the scene yesterday evening.
A Help for Heroes spokesman said: "Help for Heroes is appalled to hear that a man, believed to be a serving soldier, has been brutally murdered in Woolwich today.
"We are desperately saddened to hear of this sickening attack and offer our thoughts and prayers to his family, colleagues and friends."
Men lay a floral tribute close to the scene where a man was murdered in John Wilson Street, Woolwich.
Greenwich and Woolwich MP Nick Raynsford has praised the "extraordinary" bravery of members of the public who approached the killers.
On his way in to the COBR meeting Mayor of London Boris Johnson paid tribute to the bravery of Woolwich people.
He said: “It’s completely wrong to blame this killing on the religion of Islam.
“[Also there’s] no link between this murder and British foreign policy.
“The fault lies solely at the door of the people that did it.
“The people of London should take their cue from the bravery of the people of Woolwich yesterday who showed courage standing up to these killers, that’s the spirit of London.”
Video of Ingrid Loyau-Kennett talking about how she confronted two men after the Woolwich attack:
Video from ITN which features witness accounts of the Woolwich attack:
A 43-year-old man was arrested last night on suspicion of attempted arson after reportedly walking into a mosque with a knife in Braintree, Essex.
Police in Kent were called to reports of criminal damage at a mosque in Canterbury Street, Gillingham, at 8.40pm last night. A spokesman said a man is in custody on suspicion of racially-aggravated criminal damage.
English Defence League leader Tommy Robinson, left, with EDL supporters outside The Queens Arms pub in Woolwich.
The chilling footage obtained by ITV News which shows a man with bloodied hands near the scene of the Woolwich attack addressing a camera and making political statements. WARNING: Graphic footage.
Supporters of the English Defence League (EDL) gathered at Woolwich Arsenal train station, near where a soldier was killed yesterday afternoon, and threw bottles at police last night.
There were reportedly a group of around 250 men at the incident but there are no reports of any of them being arrested.
Where the Woolwich attack happened:
Two pictures you'll probably be seeing a lot of over the coming days.
One of the men suspected of being involved in the Woolwich attack:
And another man with bloodied hands speaking on camera near the scene of the Woolwich attack:
Police are asking the public to send any images/footage of yesterday’s ‘terrorist incident’ in Woolwich.
A Met spokesman said: “We are appealing for anyone who has still or moving images of the incident at Woolwich to send them to: email@example.com - please include your name and contact details, which will be treated in strictest confidence.”
The Muslim Council of Britain has spoken out about the attack in Woolwich and condemns it ‘unreservedly’.
In a statement the council said: “Eyewitnesses suggest that the murderers made Islamic slogans during their heinous action and were thus motivated by their Islamic faith.
“This is a truly barbaric act that has no basis in Islam and we condemn this unreservedly.
“Our thoughts are with the victim and his family.
“We understand the victim is a serving member of the Armed Forces.
“Muslims have long served in this country’s Armed Forces, proudly and with honour.
“This attack on a member of the Armed Forces is dishonourable, and no cause justifies this murder.
“This action will no doubt heighten tensions on the streets of the United Kingdom.
“We call on all our communities, Muslim and non-Muslim, to come together in solidarity to ensure the forces of hatred do not prevail.
“It is important we allow our police authorities to do their job without speculation. We also urge the utmost vigilance and ask the police authorities to calm tensions.”
Incredible story about how a scout leader confronted the two Woolwich attack suspects.
Ingrid Loyau-Kennett, 48, told the Daily Telegraph that one of the attackers said to her that they "want to start a war in London tonight".
Met Police Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe has issued a statement about yesterday’s attack on a soldier in Woolwich.
He said: “It is hard to comprehend the shocking and horrific scenes we have seen on a busy street as Londoners went about their day as normal.
“We have launched a murder investigation, being led by the Counter Terrorism Command. Two men have been arrested in connection with that murder.
“We understand concern about the motivation and we will work tirelessly to uncover why this occurred and who was responsible. I understand people want answers, but I must stress we are in the early stages of investigations.
“I would urge everyone to remain calm and have a measured response to today’s tragic events.”
“In Greenwich we have met with community representatives, and extra officers remain on duty there tonight.
"Across London our officers are in contact with their communities too. The shock that we all feel at what has happened must bind us together.”
Anyone with any information or may have witnessed what took place in Woolwich yesterday is asked to contact the Anti-Terrorist Hotline 0800 789 321.
The man killed by two attackers in Woolwich yesterday afternoon was a member of the Armed Forces, it has been confirmed.
He is believed to have been stationed at the Woolwich Barracks, just metres from where he was hacked to death by two men armed with knives and meat cleavers in John Wilson Street.
Police shot two suspects at around 2.20pm yesterday (May 22) and they are both now under armed guard at south London hospitals.
Traffic news this morning: John Wilson Street (South Circular) is still closed both ways due to the police investigation.
Prime Minister David Cameron is to chair a meeting of COBR emergency committee this morning.
This meeting will bring together the police, the security services and other agencies so they can gather every piece of information available about yesterday’s deadly attack on a soldier in Woolwich.
He said: “The police and the security services in the UK will get all of the support that they need to deal with this, or indeed with any other incident.
“People across Britain, people in every community, I believe, will utterly condemn this attack.
“We have had these sorts of attacks before in our country, and we never buckle in the face of them.”
Good morning. Welcome to News Shopper's continuing coverage of yesterday's attack in Woolwich in which a member of the armed forces was murdered.
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