London Assembly silence for Lee Rigby

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THE London Assembly today held a minute's silence in remembrance of Drummer Lee Rigby, killed in Woolwich last month.

At the first full assembly meeting following the killing, members unanimously agreed a motion formally recording its condemnation of his death.

The assembly praised the action of witnesses to the attack whose bravery on the day may have prevented further serious injury or loss of life.

Assembly Member for Greenwich and Lewisham Len Duvall, who proposed the motion, said: "Drummer Lee Rigby put his life at risk to serve his country abroad, that he was murdered so cruelly on the streets of Woolwich has shocked and horrified the nation and our local communities.

"The response of the brave women who intervened to try to protect him and pacify the attackers shows that selflessness and courage are values that still bind our community together.

"The vast majority of Londoners of all faiths and none have joined together in offering their support for Drummer Rigby’s family and have condemned the murder.

"It is a shame that the vocal and violent response of some groups wasted police time as they sought to spread hatred and division across the country. They will fail, just as surely the terrorists will fail to terrorise us."

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