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'It doesn't leave you' - Woolwich witnesses haunted by memories of attack

A mother and daughter who witnessed the attack on Lee Rigby have told ITV News that they are still haunted by what they saw that day.

Woolwich resident Michelle Nimmo was driving her baby and her mother, Tina, when they came across what they initially thought was a car crash.

"Michelle got on the phone to the police and I just went over towards where they were," Tina explained.

"They didn't look comfortable with me approaching and I felt like there was a silent threat of weapons."

Michelle, with her baby in the car, screamed at her mother to come back to the car.

But, said pub landlady Tina, "I think you know you've got to do something and that's what I felt."

"There was a lorry coming, and I just went to the lorry and put my hand up and said stop.

"Because I'm not going to let that car run him over as well - it was so undignified, I wasn't going to let any more happen to him."

Tina Nimmo says she gets visions of the Woolwich attacks "when you don't even call for it." Credit: ITV News

She was worried when a busload of passengers headed towards the incident.

"I was saying please, please, back off, he's got a gun. But some people just marched past like it was just a normal everyday event."

"I was scared that he had a gun - I've never seen a gun. I just thought if it's my time, it's my time.

"I'm not going to stand about and do nothing. I'm going to do what I've got to do to. And I did.

"And I'm quite proud of myself now."

Michelle Nimmo said she has trouble sleeping as a result of what she witnessed. Credit: ITV News

Michelle said she has been affected "in every way" by what she saw in Woolwich.

"I'm not sleeping, reliving it daily. It's just horrible," she said.

But she praised the help of victim support services: "I don't know what I would have done without it."

Tina said the memories are "so vivid" that she is struck by flashbacks in everyday situations.

"It doesn't leave you. You try to sleep or shut your eyes and it's there. I can't explain it to anybody.

"It just keeps going over in your head. When you don't even call for it, it's there."

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