Bexleyheath and Welling Royal British Legion “shocked” by Woolwich soldier murder

PUBLISHED: 09:50 24 May 2013 | UPDATED: 09:50 24 May 2013

The scene of Drummer Lee Rigby's murder in Woolwich. Pic by Andy Barnes

The scene of Drummer Lee Rigby's murder in Woolwich. Pic by Andy Barnes


The chairman of the Bexleyheath and Welling branch of the Royal British Legion has described how he was “shocked” and “saddened” by the murder of soldier Lee Rigby next to the nearby Woolwich Barracks on Wednesday.

The Drummer was butchered by two men in John Wilson Street in broad daylight, believed to be Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale.

Paul Grest said: “We send our condolences to Lee Rigby’s family and watching it unfold on television was incredibly difficult.

“For it to happen so close to home is sickening.”

Representatives from the branch have laid wreaths at Woolwich Barracks and the 38-year-old admitted it is still very hard to take in, especially as Dummer Rigby was just 25 years old and had a two-year-old son.

“You never know what to say when something as horrific as this happens. It’s so upsetting.”

“I’m sure Armed Forces Day (June 29) will be a very poignant occasion at Woolwich Barracks this year.”

Mr Grest also called for calm to warn against reprisals towards the Muslim community.

The two suspects have claimed they carried out the murder in the name of Islam. The evening of the murder two mosques were attacked and members of the English Defence League clashed with police near Woolwich Arsenal Station, including the Bexley branch.

He said: “The minority gives the majority a bad name. So many questions still need to be answered, it would be wrong to jump to conclusions at this stage.”

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