Woolwich aftermath as it happened

Key Points

  • The family of Drummer Lee Rigby, 25, speak of their loss at an emotional news conference
  • Two men arrested in the connection with his murder are identified as Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale
  • New footage emerges of the moment the two men were shot by armed police officers in Woolwich
  • The government defends security services after it is confirmed the suspects had been known to MI5 for eight years
  • Two women arrested as part of the investigation are released without charge, but a third man remains in custody

    Drummer Lee Rigby, 25, was killed on a busy street in Woolwich, south-east London on Wednesday. Two men, Michael Adebolajo, 28, and Michael Adebowale, 22, have been arrested in connection with his murder. The UK's security services now face a Commons inquiry after it was confirmed the two men had been known to MI5 for eight years. Follow our live coverage of the day's events here.


    Video footage, obtained by the Daily Mirror, has emerged showing the moment police shot Mr Adebolajo, originally of Romford, east London, and Mr Adebowale, of Greenwich, south-east London.


    The video shows one of the men charge at police sitting in a patrol car. He drops a knife as he is shot and falls to the ground. The other man is shown aiming a gun at officers as he runs in a different direction. Police are heard firing eight shots in total at the two men.


    The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) says it has reviewed CCTV footage and confirms two officers fired shots and one officer discharged a Taser. IPCC Commissioner Derrick Campbell says that at this stage the watchdog is "not pursuing any criminal or misconduct offences" against the officers.


    Two further people have been arrested in connection with the murder of Drummer Rigby. A man and a woman, both 29, were arrested on Thursday evening on suspicion of conspiracy to murder. They are being interviewed by detectives at a south London police station.


    You can read our main news story here for an overview of what is happening today.


    This morning, the government has been defending security services against criticism that they missed signs which might have helped prevent the murder of Drummer Rigby - a father-of-one, from Manchester, who had fought in Afghanistan with the 2nd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers.


    Communities Secretary Eric Pickles tells BBC News that as a free society the UK is "particularly vulnerable" to the kind of attack seen in Woolwich. He defends the security services, who have been "very successful at stopping a number of similar plots", but says any judgement on their performance will have to wait until after the Commons inquiry.


    Mr Pickles says the response to the Woolwich attack is different to what was seen after the 7/7 bombings in London in 2005. He says the community is unified in condemning the actions of the men as "utterly wrong and utterly inexcusable".


    There has been widespread condemnation of Wednesday's attack. Azad Imani, an imam of several mosques in Manchester, tells the BBC it was a "cold blooded murder" carried out by "crazed individuals". He says the behaviour is "universally condemned" and Muslims who are radicalised "don't have an understanding of their faith".

    Flowers and notes have been left in memory of Drummer Rigby outside Woolwich barracks.

    Meanwhile, flowers and notes are still being left in tribute to Drummer Rigby outside the Woolwich barracks, near the scene of the crime.


    Since the murder, there have been a number of attacks on mosques. A 43-year-old man has been charged with two counts of possession of offensive weapons and affray over an attack on an Islamic centre in Braintree in Essex. The incident took place on Wednesday evening, after the Woolwich attack. There's more on that story here.


    Two men have been arrested for making allegedly offensive comments on Twitter about the Woolwich murder. Complaints were made to Avon and Somerset Police about remarks on the social networking website, which were allegedly of a racist or anti-religious nature. A 23-year-old and a 22-year-old, both from Bristol, have been bailed.


    Former head of the Metropolitan Police Lord Blair says the public need assurances the police and security services are operating properly following Wednesday's attack. He tells BBC Radio 4's Today programme it is important for a statement to be made "that either something was mistaken, decisions were badly taken, or they weren't".

    A police officer guards a block of flats in Greenwich following a raid in connection with the killing of a British soldier in nearby Woolwich

    Police have made a number of raids of addresses in connection with the Woolwich attack. Here a police officer guarded a block of flats in Greenwich following a raid on Thursday.

    Police close a road in Saxilby, Lincolnshire leading to a house which was raided in connection with the terror attack in Woolwich

    On Thursday, Police closed a road in Saxilby in Lincolnshire leading to a house which was raided in connection with the attack.


    The Metropolitan Police issues a statement saying Drummer Rigby has now been formally identified as the soldier killed in the attack. It follows a post mortem examination of the body. The Met says the cause of death has not been confirmed and an inquest will open "in due course".


    Following the murder, there has been some debate about whether the government should resurrect its plan for a "snoopers' charter" to monitor electronic communications. London Mayor Boris Johnson says: "It's much too early for us to say whether it would have been of any use at all in this particular case."


    Mr Johnson adds the police have made "compelling" arguments to him about its potential usefulness over the past year.


    If you want more background on the attack, you can look back at Wednesday's live page here. and Thursday's live page here.


    The vicar who married Drummer Rigby in 2007 to his wife Rebecca has been speaking to the BBC. Father Guy Jamieson describes the soldier as somebody "who spoke very openly, very easily and quietly. A little bit of humour here and there".


    Fr Jamieson, of St Anne's Church, Southowram, West Yorkshire, adds: "We were very aware [Drummer Rigby] was entering into two enormous commitments. One was with the military. One was with his marriage. We were very aware of the kind of increased risk factor that was involved."


    Use our clickable map based on eyewitness accounts to read about what happened at the scene of the crime in Woolwich on Wednesday.

    The service in memory of Drummer Lee Rigby

    More than 30 people attend a prayer service for Drummer Lee Rigby in his hometown of Middleton, Greater Manchester. The service, shown here, is held at All Saints and Martyrs' Burnside Community Centre. Local people are being urged by community activists to fly Union flags across the Langley estate, where he grew up.


    US President Barack Obama has added his voice to those condemning Wednesday's murder. He said he condemned the "appalling" attack "in the strongest terms", adding the US "stands resolute" with the UK "against violent extremism and terror".


    The events in Woolwich on Wednesday have triggered several investigations, including a police murder inquiry, a wider counter-terrorism investigation led by the Metropolitan Police Counter Terrorism Command and supported by MI5, and an Independent Police Complaints Commission inquiry into how and why shots were fired by police officers at the scene - which is standard practice in a shooting.


    There is also a Commons inquiry into exactly what MI5 knew about the two suspected murderers. It emerged on Thursday that the two men were known to MI5.


    Six residential addresses were searched on Thursday by police investigating the murder - three in south London, one in east London, one in north London and one in Saxilby, Lincolnshire, the former home of suspect Michael Adebolajo.

    Drummer Lee Rigby

    Family and friends of Drummer Rigby have described him as a "loving father" who always wanted to serve in the Army. The 25-year-old had been in the 2nd Battalion Royal Regiment of Fusiliers since 2006. Read more about him by reading our profile here.


    The Independent newspaper reports that Home Secretary Theresa May is coming under pressure from senior figures in the Tory Party to revive the Communications Data Bill - dubbed a "snoopers' charter" by critics. Communities Secretary Eric Pickles tells the BBC the bill could be re-examined once the Commons inquiry into MI5 has been completed.


    The draft Communications Data Bill was sent "back to the drawing board" in December after scathing criticism from a joint committee of MPs and peers. Find out more about the proposals here.


    Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Sir Peter Fahy tells the BBC it was wrong for broadcasters to show video footage of Wednesday's attack, in which the two attackers shouted slogans directly towards cameras. He says this was exactly what the attackers wanted and warns it might provoke copycat incidents.

    1138: David Banks, media law consultant

    writes in the Guardian newspaper that the Woolwich attack footage will stir debate over contempt laws.


    More details have been emerging about the two men arrested over the Woolwich murder - 28-year-old Michael Adebolajo, from Romford in east London, and 22-year-old Michael Adebowale, of Greenwich in south-east London. You can find out more about them here.


    A neighbour of Michael Adebowale, Paul Ramsamy, confirms he saw him and the other suspect, Michael Adebolajo, together at Mr Adebowale's Greenwich address. He tells the BBC he had seen them together "two or three times".


    Paul Ramsamy claims the two men "followed him" on the estate when they saw he was wearing military-style boots and camouflage trousers. Mr Ramsamy, 46, said "they maybe thought I was a soldier".

    Daily Mirror footage showing the moment one of the suspects is shot by police

    Footage obtained by the Daily Mirror shows the moment when it says suspect Michael Adebolajo was shot by police and can be seen lying on the ground.


    Scotland Yard has not revealed whether officers have been able to speak to the two suspects yet. Both men are under armed guard in separate London hospitals in stable conditions with non-life-threatening injuries.


    Rochdale Council is to lower flags to half mast on all public buildings in the Greater Manchester borough as a mark of respect for Drummer Lee Rigby.

    1156: The Spectator

    There's been more reaction from the Greenwich neighbours of one of the suspects, Michael Adebowale. One describes him as a "nice, quiet guy" who "kept to his own business". Other residents said "Michael was a polite guy" and that his mother was "a nice person, lovely good-spirited and normal".


    It is thought Michael Adebowale lived on the Greenwich estate alone with his mum, and a neighbour said that Mr Adebowale was a "recent convert to Islam". Another resident said from what he knew of Mr Adebowale "he must have been brainwashed".


    Labour leader Ed Miliband made a private visit to Woolwich this morning. His spokesman says he was there for private meetings with soldiers, officers, military wives and community leaders.


    Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has quoted the Koran in a speech about the Woolwich killing at a community event in north London. He quoted: "If anyone kills a human being, it shall be as though he killed all mankind, whereas if anyone saves a life, it shall be as though he saved the whole of mankind."


    Mr Clegg said: "Terrorism has no religion because there is no religious conviction that can justify the kind of arbitrary, savage random violence that we saw on the streets of Woolwich. We have a choice to either allow that powerful corrosive feeling of fear to seep into every second and minute and hour of our lives, or we can make a choice that we're not going to change our behaviour, we're not going to disrupt normal life."


    Shadow justice secretary Sadiq Khan, who was at the event at the Hugh Cubitt Centre in Islington with Mr Clegg, said the phrase "Allahu Akbar" should be re-appropriated. He said: "For those who are Muslims, don't allow these people to hijack our religion or the words 'Allah is the greatest'."


    In the aftermath of the Woolwich murder, Quilliam Foundation researcher Dr Usama Hasan argues, in an article for BBC News, that moderates must do more to win over Muslim youth.

    A single remembrance lies on the pavement at the scene where Drummer Lee Rigby was killed.

    A single remembrance cross lies on the pavement at the scene where Drummer Lee Rigby was killed.


    Just over £14,000 has been raised for Help for Heroes on a fund-raising page set up so that people can support the charity in the wake of Drummer Rigby's death. So far 100 people have made donations, with many paying tribute to the solider.


    Michael Adebolajo was once best friends with a soldier who was killed in Basra in 2007, according to the Evening Standard. Speaking to the newspaper, Lance Corporal Kirk Redpath's brother, Grant, says: "I don't know what happened to Michael because he used to be the most laid-back, nicest guy in the world."


    In a joint news conference between Christian and Muslim leaders in Leicester, Shaykh Ibrahim Mogra, of the Muslim Council of Britain, says the "barbaric attack" in Woolwich was a "betrayal of Islam".

    Shaykh Ibrahim Mogra

    Shaykh Ibrahim Mogra says: "This crime has heightened tensions throughout the country and the Muslim Council of Britain calls on all communities to come together in solidarity to ensure the forces of hatred do not prevail."

    Adeel Sheikh from Luton

    emails: It's totally inhuman and against the moral and ethical laws. I condemn this incident at the core of my heart. The murderer and many other like him must be eradicated.

    Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby

    Also speaking in Leicester, the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Reverend Justin Welby, praises the "strong response" of the Muslim Council of Britain and says his prayers are with Drummer Rigby's family, colleagues and those that witnessed the attack.


    "This is very much a time for communities to come together," Archbishop Welby adds.

    1300: Breaking News

    Speaking at a news conference, the tearful family of Drummer Lee Rigby tell of their pride in him. His wife Rebecca Rigby says: "I love Lee and always will. I am proud to be his wife."


    When asked about the shock of the attack being on British soil, Mrs Rigby says: "You don't expect it to happen when he's in the UK. You think they're safe."


    Mrs Rigby, sobbing back tears, adds: "He was a devoted father to our son Jack and we will both miss him terribly."

    Family members and loved ones of murdered soldier Lee Rigby

    The family of murdered soldier Lee Rigby address a news conference at the Regimental HQ of his unit, the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, at Bury in Greater Manchester. From left to right: his sister Sara McClure, his mother and stepfather Lyn and Ian Rigby, Rebecca Rigby, mother of their two-year-old son Jack, Susan Metcalfe (mother-in-law) and Ray Dutton (brother-in-law).


    Drummer Rigby's stepfather Ian reads a statement on behalf of the family: "What can we say about Lee, our hero, we are so so proud of Lee. When Lee was born. the family adored him. He was a precious gift given to us."

    Lyn, comforts her husband and stepfather to Lee, Ian Rigby, as he reads a family statement,

    Mr Rigby continues: "Lee's dream growing up was always to join the Army, which he succeeded in doing. He was dedicated and loved his job. Lee adored and cared a lot for his family, he was very much a family man."


    The family's statement contained a message from Drummer Rigby's younger sisters, Courtney, 11 and Amy, 8, who were not present at the news conference: "Rest in Peace Lee, we loved you so much, you didn't deserve this, you fought for your country and did it well. You will always be our hero we are just upset you left us so early. Love you Lee, goodnight."


    Mr Rigby said the last text his stepson had sent to his mum read: "Goodnight mum, I hope you had a fantastic day today because you are the most fantastic and one in a million mum that anyone could ever wish for. Thank you for supporting me all these years, you're not just my mum you're my best friend. So goodnight, love you loads."


    Mr Rigby thanks the police for their support and for the goodwill wishes the family has received from around the country. "We would like to say goodnight Lee, rest in peace our fallen soldier. We love you loads and words cannot describe how loved and sadly missed you will be."


    Mr Rigby says the family is struggling to come to terms with what has happened and asks the press to respect their privacy. "Our hearts have been ripped apart from us," he says.

    Lyn Rigby, (right) the mother of murdered soldier Lee Rigby, is supported by her daughter Sara McClure

    Lee Rigby's mother is comforted by her daughter Sara McClure. Mrs Rigby holds a fusiliers teddy bear bought at the Fusiliers Museum in Bury earlier. Her son used to collect them for his son Jack. She has decided to call it Lee.


    Finally Mr Rigby reads a poem, a tribute to Lee from an unknown poster on a Facebook page: "You fought bravely and with honour died, You leave your family so full of pride, Sleep well young soldier, your job is done, Your war is over, your battle won. Our family chain is broken and nothing is the same, But as God takes us one by one, Our chain will link again."


    The family agree to take a few questions, but do not want to be asked about politics, racism or the incident itself, as it is still subject to a police investigation.


    Mr Rigby is asked how he found out about the incident and says he saw it on TV and tried to contact his stepson immediately. "Obviously we didn't know it was Lee but your heart skips a beat when you see something like that on TV, you know your son is in that area," he says. "It was the middle of the night probably when we got confirmation it was Lee."

    Rebecca Rigby, the wife of murdered soldier Lee Rigby, grieves during a family news conference

    Rebecca Rigby fights back tears as she speaks about her husband. "He was due to come up this weekend so we could continue our future together as a family," she says.

    Lyn Rigby, the mother of murdered soldier Lee Rigby

    Drummer Rigby's mother, Lyn, sobs as her husband reads a statement on behalf of the whole family.


    A book of condolence has been opened at Woolwich Town Hall, where opening hours will be extended over the bank holiday weekend to allow the public to pay their respects to Drummer Rigby. Mayor of Greenwich Angela Cornforth and council leader Chris Roberts say: "Woolwich is a place born out of the Army and it runs through the DNA of the town and many of its people."


    The mayor and council leader add: "This is a place which has witnessed attacks on our armed service personnel before, not least the terrorist attack by the IRA almost 40 years ago. Then, as now, the people and communities of Woolwich have shown their pride in our armed services and respect for the role they play and the risks they undertake."


    "Every single soldier and their family can be assured of our enduring support in the days, weeks, months and years ahead," the statement continues.

    Tributes at Woolwich Barracks

    Tributes to Drummer Rigby are continuing to grow at Woolwich Barracks, near the scene of the killing.


    Returning to the family news conference, Drummer Rigby's stepfather was also asked about the fact he had been killed on a London street and not in a war zone. "When in Afghanistan, you come to terms with it, you know it's dangerous, you don't expect something like that on your doorstep. It's very difficult," he says.


    Details of that news conference, plus all the latest developments in the murder inquiry, are summarised in our news story.

    Lee Rigby with his wife Rebecca, sisters Sara McClure and Chelsea Rigby, and his stepfather and mother Ian and Lyn Rigby

    Lee Rigby's family has released this photograph of the soldier with his wife Rebecca, sisters Sara McClure and Chelsea Rigby, and his stepfather and mother Ian and Lyn Rigby.


    Returning to the inter-faith meeting in Leicester that we mentioned earlier, the Archbishop of Canterbury said: "We've all been horrified by the brutal murder of Drummer Lee Rigby in Woolwich. I want to recognise the response of churches, mosques and other faith and civil society groups, as well as those of brave individuals, who have done so much to bring our communities together at this time."


    At the inter-faith news conference in Leicester earlier, the city's bishop, the Rt Rev Tim Stephens said: "We saw signs of compassion and courage spontaneously expressed when this awful crime took place on the streets of Woolwich, we see it here every day here in this city."


    He added: "We want our people to get to know their neighbours, to visit their local mosques and churches, to eat together, to build friendships and work together for the strength of their community... Leicester have been doing this for the last 20 or 30 years, and I think we understand how to do it."

    Religious leaders of different faiths at meeting at a mosque in Leicester

    Here are the religious leaders of different faiths at a mosque in Leicester - they condemned the murder of Lee Rigby.

    Friday prayers at Woolwich Mosque

    Friday prayers have been taking place at Woolwich Mosque as usual.


    The investigation into the killing of Drummer Lee Rigby is gathering pace. What do we know so far?


    Amid questions being raised about what security services knew about the Woolwich suspects, a senior Whitehall official tells BBC security correspondent Frank Gardner that it is "all about priorities" and "stopping known terrorist plots". The source tells our correspondent there are hundreds of ongoing investigations and thousands of people with radical views, but it is not possible to follow them all.

    Labour leader Ed Miliband

    tweets: Thanks to the troops, families and members of the community I met in Woolwich. Your courage and unity is the true face of Britain.

    Phillip Schofield

    tweets: Listening to drummer Lee Rigby's family speaking has me in tears. The last text he sent to his mum is utterly heartbreaking.

    Nick Clegg

    Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg speaking earlier at a community event in north London. He said what the suspects said after the killing of Drummer Rigby was "a total unqualified betrayal of Islam".

    Military boots left in tribute outside Woolwich Barracks

    As floral tributes continue to be left outside Woolwich Barracks, one person finds a different way of paying tribute to Drummer Rigby.


    Speaking outside Woolwich mosque, Imam Swaleh says the community is "shocked and saddened" to have witnessed such a "terrible crime". He says the local Muslim community has always enjoyed an "excellent" relationship with "people from all walks of life, regardless of their religion, their colour or ethnic background".


    Imam Swaleh says the two men who carried out the attack should be "severely punished as criminals and not as so-called Muslims".

    Teddy bear and family photo

    A teddy bear bought by Lee Rigby for his two-year-old son Jack sits alongside a family photo at the news conference held by his family earlier.

    A statement of condemnation from the Greenwich Islamic Centre is displayed on it"s door condemning the killing of Drummer Lee Rigby

    A statement of condemnation of the murder by the Greenwich Islamic Centre is displayed on its door. It says the centre shares in the "grief and sorrow of the nation".


    The Greenwich Islamic Centre calls for a "mature and thoughtful" response to the killing and says: "At this moment of confusion, uncertainty and naturally highly charged emotions, we earnestly appeal to the media not to rush to judgement and wait for the final findings by law enforcement agencies."

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    The Metropolitan Police say a 29-year-old woman and a 31-year-old woman arrested as part of the murder investigation have been released without charge. A 29-year-old man arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to murder remains in custody.


    The Metropolitan Police say searches are ongoing at six residential addresses - three in south London, one in east London, one in north London and one in Lincolnshire.


    Murder suspects Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale remain in hospital in a stable condition.

    British National Party (BNP) leader Nick Griffin arrives to lay flowers close to the scene where Drummer Lee Rigby of the 2nd Battalion the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers was killed

    BNP leader Nick Griffin lays flowers near the scene of the murder. He tweets: "Wonderful bank of floral tributes to Lee."

    Members of the public wearing "Help for Heroes" sweaters walk past flowers close to the scene where Drummer Lee Rigby of the 2nd Battalion the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers was killed

    Members of the public wearing "Help for Heroes" sweaters walk past flowers near the scene of the attack. Drummer Lee Rigby was said to have been wearing one of the charity's tops when he was killed.

    Drummer Lee Rigby preparing for an operation in Afghanistan

    Drummer Lee Rigby preparing for an operation while on duty in Helmand, Afghanistan. He is carrying out last minute checks on his machine gun before the soldiers prepare to take back a village which is under the control of the Taliban.


    Dr Shuja Shafi, deputy general secretary of the Muslim Council of Britain, lays flowers near the site of the killing and tells the BBC its important to "show solidarity". He says he "mourns the loss of a bright young man, a father, a husband and a brother".

    Swaleh Ahmed, the imam of Woolwich Mosque, makes a statement to the media

    After Friday prayers, Swaleh Ahmed, the imam of Woolwich Mosque, tells reporters his heart "goes out to the family, colleagues and friends of the victim of this despicable and horrific tragedy".


    Dr Shuja Shafi tells the BBC the nature of the attack, with no warning is a "matter for concern". "We need to really, deeply think about what can be done," he adds.

    Paul Ramsamy, a neighbour of Michael Adebowale

    Paul Ramsamy, a neighbour of Michael Adebowale, says he feels lucky he wasn't attacked when he met Mr Adebowale and Michael Adebolajo while he happened to be wearing military style clothing and boots.


    One man is in custody after being arrested by Lincolnshire Police following an investigation into messages sent on social media following the death of soldier Drummer Rigby. Officers are continuing to search a house in Saxilby in Lincolnshire in connection with their inquiries.

    A flat in Greenwich registered in the name of Michael Adebowale

    Police have carried out a full search of this flat in Greenwich, which is registered in the name of Michael Adebowale.


    The Metropolitan Police said two women arrested as part of the murder investigation had been released without charge, but a 29-year-old man arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to murder remains in custody.


    Looking back on the day's development's, the family of Drummer Rigby paid tribute to him in an emotional news conference. There were also prayers, readings and candles lit in memory of the soldier at a service in his hometown of Middleton, Greater Manchester.


    The government has defended the security services after it was revealed they had been known to MI5 for eight years. There were also calls for the government to consider resurrecting its plan for a "snoopers' charter".


    Scotland Yard revealed that a post-mortem carried out on Thursday did not confirm the cause of Drummer Rigby's death.


    That concludes our live coverage of today's reaction to the Woolwich attack on a British soldier. Thank you for following events as they unfolded. We will continue to update our main news story on the killing.


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