Woolwich attack: Home in Saxilby, Lincolnshire, searched

Media captionAccording to local residents, Michael Adebolajo had spent "some years" at the house in Saxilby

Police have searched a house in Lincolnshire thought to be the former home of a man suspected of killing a serving soldier in south-east London.

One of the two suspects is understood to be 28-year-old Muslim convert Michael Adebolajo, according to sources.

A man with this name is registered as having lived at the address in Hotchkin Avenue, Saxilby, in 2003.

The soldier was killed in Woolwich on Wednesday.

Peter Odam, chairman of Saxilby with Ingleby Parish Council, said: "We are absolutely shocked that our friendly village has been caught up in this horrible incident.

"We have read that he resided in our village some nine years ago but nobody I have spoken with recalls him actually living here or being seen here in Saxilby.

"Our thoughts must go out to the family and friends of the serviceman brutally murdered in this incident."

'Brings horror home'

A police spokesman said: "Lincolnshire Police can confirm that the Metropolitan Police executed a search warrant under the Police and Criminal Evidence Act (Pace) at an address in Lincolnshire.

"This is in connection with the ongoing investigation into the murder of a man in Woolwich. The Metropolitan Police are not prepared to discuss the matter further at this stage."

Media captionGraphic footage from ITV News shows a man with bloodied hands making political statements

Canon Rhys Prosser, vicar of St Botolph's Church in Saxilby, said: "It brings the horror of what happened in London very near home and it's really quite a shock for people in the community."

The two suspects were shot and wounded by police after the attack, which took place in Artillery Place, off John Wilson Street, at 14:20 BST.

Eyewitnesses said the victim was hacked to death by two men shouting Allahu Akbar (God is Great).

People at the scene said the men made no attempt to flee and encouraged people to take pictures of them and their victim.

More on this story