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Paper review: Lee Rigby remembered

  • 24 May 2013
  • From the section UK
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Drummer Lee Rigby, the soldier killed in Woolwich, south-east London, is pictured on nearly all of Friday's front pages wearing his ceremonial uniform.

"A true warrior" is the headline in the Daily Express, which quotes the words of his commanding officer.

The Daily Mail says it is "the most terrible irony" that he had survived fighting in Afghanistan, only to be murdered in a suburban street in London.

For the Daily Mirror, this is "totally, utterly, completely heartbreaking".

Michael Adebolajo - one of the two men suspected of his killing - is described by the Daily Mail as "a very middle-class fanatic", the son of hardworking Nigerian immigrants who "believed in assimilating into British life".

Someone reported to have gone to school with him tells the Sun he was "a good kid who worked hard and got good grades".

More recently, according to the Times, he was to be seen in the main shopping street in Woolwich, preaching for hours and handing out extremist literature.

The Independent says Mr Adebolajo had listened to the preachings of radical Muslim cleric Omar Bakri Muhammad, who has been banned from the UK because of his extremist activities.

Speaking to the paper from Lebanon, the cleric described Mr Adebolajo as "very courageous".

'Stop pussyfooting'

The Daily Express calls for a "new purge of the preachers of hate who've done so much to poison young minds".

The Sun agrees, demanding that police and prosecutors "stop pussyfooting".

The Daily Mirror reveals the identities of two of the three women it calls "the angels of Woolwich" who tended the body of Drummer Rigby while the men suspected of his killing stood only yards away.

Gemini Donnelly-Martin, 20, tells the paper how she and her mother, Amanda, "just wanted to take care of the man".

The third woman, Ingrid Loyau-Kennett, was praised by Prime Minister David Cameron yesterday for remonstrating with the suspects.

A cartoon in the Times suggests her actions make her worthy of a statue on the vacant fourth plinth in Trafalgar Square.

Heatwave strategy

Away from events in Woolwich, the Financial Times reports that Britain came within six hours of running out of natural gas in March, according to a senior energy official.

The revelation was made by a director at the Crown Estate, which owns the rights to gas storage sites under the UK seabed.

His view is disputed by others - among them the executive director of the National Grid who insists that gas reserves are always low by the end of the winter.

Finally, the Guardian says that, despite temperatures below 10C and hailstones in the weather forecast, Public Health England has this week published its heatwave strategy for 2013.

The annual report, described as "possibly taking the precautionary principle to an unattained level", warns its readers not to forget that, for some people, the balmy days of summer can get dangerously hot.

The Guardian says that, as with all government strategies, "it is written in the best Whitehallese - and without much sign the author has ever looked out of the window".

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