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Erith and Thamesmead MP Teresa Pearce condemns Woolwich attack and EDL reaction

PUBLISHED: 12:02 23 May 2013 | UPDATED: 12:06 23 May 2013

Police activity close to the scene where a man was attacked and killed in John Wilson Street, Woolwich. Picture: Nick Ansell/PA Wire

Police activity close to the scene where a man was attacked and killed in John Wilson Street, Woolwich. Picture: Nick Ansell/PA Wire

Erith and Thamesmead MP Teresa Pearce condemned the Woolwich terrorist attack which left a soldier dead as a "sickening" assault carried out by two "deranged individuals".

Two attackers allegedly killed the unarmed man, who was reportedly wearing a Help for Heroes t-shirt, in broad daylight in front of shocked onlookers at around 2.20pm yesterday afternoon in John Wilson Street.

The MP for the neighbouring constituency to Woolwich also criticised the actions of the English Defence League last night after they faced off with police at the scene of the murder.

Ms Pearce said: “It’s no use speculating at this stage but they must have been fuelled by some sort of hatred. They certainly weren’t representing Islam.

“The people of Woolwich have witnessed the most terrible things they could possibly witness and then they’ve got to hide in their homes from the English Defence League.

“It was cowardly thuggery, going around with their faces covered up.”

Ms Pearce attended a Greenwich police meeting along with other politicians, youth workers and the local mosque and she is confident Woolwich as a community is resilient enough to overcome this.

“This could happen anywhere in the world but it’s awful that it happened so close to home.

“The community will overcome this though. They’ve been knocked down before and they’ll get up again.”

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