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Lee Rigby 'Angel of Woolwich' threatened by police and vandals
9:31am Thursday 24th October 2013 in News
ONE of the women dubbed an "Angel of Woolwich" following the killing of Lee Rigby has been threatened by vandals and faced arrest herself.
Ingrid Loyau-Kennett was "threatened" with arrest on Monday (October 21) after police were called to a disturbance at her home.
Mrs Loyau-Kennett became a national treasure earlier this year when she intervened to help police called to the Woolwich killing. She has subsequently been honoured with bravery awards.
But on Monday night, after calling 999 because of her dispute with three local youths, Mrs Loyau-Kennett found herself on the receiving end of a warning about an alleged breach of the peace.
She said: "The policeman grabbed my arm and held it very tightly.
"He was twisting my arm and wouldn't let go and told me that if I didn't calm down he would arrest me. I was trying to get him out of my house and to understand that I was the victim."
Mrs Loyau-Kennett, 48, claims she has been the target of vandalism and says youths have in the past thrown eggs at her home, with her Woolwich fame making things worse.
She was dubbed an "Angel of Woolwich" after she jumped off a bus to confront two men later accused of killing Lee Rigby and that incident now appears to be taking its toll.
Mrs Loyau-Kennett, from Cornwall, said: "I suffer from anxiety and stress and it has been getting worse since Woolwich. I have been told I have post traumatic stress disorder, but I get no help."
An ambulance was called to Mrs Loyau-Kennett's home after she briefly collapsed following the altercation with police. Mrs Loyau-Kennett says it started after she went outside to speak to three local youths but denies she was threatening or aggressive.
Neighbours say they have been at loggerheads with Mrs Loyau-Kennett ever since she arrived three years ago. One neighbour, who intervened in Monday night's dispute before arrived, said the incident was simply the latest of many over the years.
She said: "There were three young teenage lads running about outside.
"They weren't doing anything wrong and weren't at all threatening. But she went outside and confronted them and there was a very heated argument - insults flying about all over the place. I tried to calm things down but it just got worse."
Devon and Cornwall police confirmed they were called to Bulwark Road on Monday night and that a woman was given advice about her behaviour. "We are aware of community tensions on the estate and are stepping up patrols with a visibility police presence," said a spokesman.
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