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

Live text

Reporting:

  • Kayte Rath, Holly Wallis & Martin Tooth 

Last updated 25 May 2013

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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".

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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".

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