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Scuffle breaks out as defendants told they betray Islam

The struggle in the dock at the Old Bailey was triggered when Adebolajo and Adebowale - both wearing Islamic robes - reacted angrily to comments that Mr Justice Sweeney made about their extremist beliefs.

Adebolajo and Adebowale appear at the Old Bailey in front of Mr Justice Sweeney. Credit: ITV News/Priscilla Coleman

He told them: "You each converted to Islam some years ago. Thereafter you were radicalised and each became an extremist, espousing views which, as has been said elsewhere, are a betrayal of Islam."

Adebowale protested that this was a lie, ranting about America and Britain, and his accomplice joined in, screaming "allahu akbar" and hurling abuse at the prison guards who grappled him to the ground.

Both men were grabbed around the face as guards struggled to control them, and taken down to the cells.The soldier's family were visibly distressed, and one relative needed medical treatment.

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Woolwich attack 'designed to advance extremist views'

Sue Hemming, head of special crime and counter terrorism at the Crown Prosecution Service, said:

Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale revelled in one of the most appalling terrorist murders I have seen whilst head of counter terrorism at the CPS.

Not only was the attack brutal and calculated, it was also designed to advance extremist views.

As a solider, Fusilier Lee Rigby was targeted in a clear act of revenge, deliberately carried out in full view of members of the public for maximum impact.

Under the law, terrorism is committed by a defined act designed to influence a Government, the public or an NGO for the purpose of advancing a religious, political, ideological or racial cause.

This attack was always going to fail in that purpose as it served only to bring people together in shock, sympathy and solidarity.

In December, the two defendants were convicted of a savage murder.

Following strong argument from the prosecution, they have today been sentenced for carrying out that murder during an act of terrorism.

I know the court process has been particularly distressing for Lee Rigby’s family.

I hope they can take some small comfort from the sentences imposed today and can begin to move on.

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Three arrests outside sentencing of Lee Rigby killers

Demonstrators gathered outside the sentencing of Lee Rigby's murderers. Credit: Reuters

Three people were arrested outside the Old Bailey today as far-right protesters gathered ahead of the sentencing of the two men who murdered soldier Lee Rigby.

Dozens of demonstrators gathered outside the court building, waving Union flags and chanting.

A City of London Police spokesman said two men were arrested, one on suspicion of actual bodily harm and one for affray.

A woman was arrested on suspicion of being drunk and disorderly.

The police spokesman said there was a "significant police presence" in the area.

The street has been closed in both directions outside the court.

Saxilby split in two over level crossing repairs

The village of Saxilby in Lincolnshire will effectively be split in two from today. Repair works to a level crossing over the next two weeks mean some residents have been cut off from the main village.

This work was originally planned for the summer but had to be postponed because the route was being used for rail diversions due to the spoil heap slip at Hatfield colliery.

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Lincolnshire house searched by police after Woolwich attack

A house is being searched in Saxilby in Lincolnshire Credit: Calendar

A house on an estate in Saxilby in Lincolnshire is being examined by Metropolitan Police officers investigating yesterday's terror attack in Woolwich.

They are investigating the possibility that one of the alleged suspects could have links to the area.

A police cordon is in place around the estate, closing off all roads to the house currently under investigation.

Man killed on railway line in Lincolnshire

A man has died after being hit by a train near Saxilby in Lincolnshire. It was reported to the British Transport Police just before 2pm, at Sykes Lane, about half a mile to the Lincoln side of Saxilby station.

The train involved was the 11.19am Scunthorpe to Lincoln service. British Transport Police are working with Lincolnshire Police to investigate the death. The Rail Accident Investigation Branch has been informed and enquiries continue.