Lee Rigby murder: Tragic death did not break Woolwich's community spirit

By Rob Virtue on December 19, 2013 3:16 PM |

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Greenwich's top policeman has spoken out over the tragic death of Fusilier Lee Rigby and praised the response from the Woolwich community.

On Thursday, two men were found guilty over the death in May, which shocked the nation.

Speaking after the conviction at the Old Bailey, Greenwich Borough Commander Richard Wood said: "The death of Lee Rigby in Woolwich has deeply affected our local community; however the brutality of what happened did not break the local spirit; local people stood up to the violence they witnessed and responded calmly, showing their compassion and solidarity.

"I remain incredibly proud at the way people gathered together, not letting further violence divide the community.

"Police, local faith leaders and community representatives have worked together throughout the difficult times that followed the death of Lee Rigby and joined the people in Woolwich in condemning the unspeakable violence we witnessed."

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Cmd Wood added: "I would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who called us with information and helped the initial investigating officers with their enquiries. We remain grateful for the support the public have continued to show us at a very difficult time for all."

The court heard about many acts of courage from members of the public during the violence, which took place near the town centre on May 22.

Many confronted the men and tried to help the soldier as he lay dying from the attack.

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