Woolwich terror attack

ITV News Central brings you the latest on the Woolwich terror attack. A house in Saxilby in Lincolnshire is being examined by Metropolitan Police officers investigating the murder.

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Man charged over 'malicious' Woolwich comments on Facebook

A 22-year-old man has been charged on suspicion of making malicious comments on Facebook following the murder of British soldier Lee Rigby.

Benjamin Flatters, of Lincoln, was arrested last night after complaints were made to Lincolnshire Police about comments made on Facebook, which were allegedly of a racist or anti-religious nature.

He was charged with an offence of malicious communications this afternoon in relation to the comments, a Lincolnshire Police spokesman said.

Flatters has been remanded in police custody and will appear before magistrates in Lincoln tomorrow.

Full report: faith leaders gather in Leicester following Woolwich death

The Archishop of Canterbury and a leading Muslim cleric met in Leicester today, to give their responses to the murder of soldier Lee Rigby in Woolwich.

They called on all communities to stand together and condemn the violence. The Archbishop also praised Leicester as a shining example of how different faiths could live and work together.

Warning: This video contains footage which could cause distress.

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Archbishop Welby in Leicester discussing Woolwich murder

The Archbishop of Canterbury, The Most Revd Justin Welby, is in Leicester today to talk about the attack in Woolwich, in which a member of the armed forces was killed.

The Archbishop of Canterbury, The Most Revd Justin Welby Credit: PA

He will be joined by Shaykh Ibrahim Mogra, Assistant Secretary General of the Muslim Council of Britain, who will also address the media.

It is happening at 12.30 outside Evington Valley Primary school, in view of both a church and a mosque.

The intention is to highlight the interfaith unity and harmony between the Christian and Muslim faiths and to condemn the murder of drummer Lee Rigby.

Lincs Police urge people to think before they post

Lincolnshire Police have issued a warning on their website, saying they have received a number of reports from members of the public about social media posts that could potentially incite racial hatred and violence.

This comes in the wake of the Woolwich terror attack on Wednesday, and the subsequent investigation of a property in Saxilby in Lincolnshire.

Police say the posts are currently being investigated and that if they breach the law 'those messages may be monitored captured and robust police action will be considered.'

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Police responding to 'concerns' after Woolwich attack

Nottinghamshire Police say they are responding to 'concerns' in communities, after the Woolwich terror attack in London on Wednesday.

On a statement on the police force's website, it says:

"The attack in Woolwich is a prime example of an incident which has understandably affected and unnerved people across the country, if not the world. It would be remiss of us not to respond to potential concerns in our communities.

"As always, we are doing all we can to keep you safe.

"There have been no incidents reported in Nottinghamshire as a result of Wednesday’s events in Woolwich[...]

"We will not tolerate any actions that may cause harassment or fear in our communities or compromise the safety of the public."

– Nottinghamshire Police

Book of condolence opened at Leicester Cathedral for solider killed in Woolwich

Leicester Cathedral. Credit: PA

Leicester Cathedral will today open a book of condolence, following the attack on Drummer Lee Rigby, who died in Woolwich on Wednesday afternoon.

The Very Revd David Monteith, Dean of Leicester said, “This is a time to stand together and a time to draw from our rich traditions of sympathy and peace.

"We will build the common good here by shunning violence and by growing compassion and understanding with one another."

Lincolnshire Police social media warning

Police in Lincolnshire have received a number of reports about tweets and Facebook comments that could potentially incite racial hatred and violence, in connection with the ongoing investigations in Saxilby.

The comments are currently being investigated. If they are found to be illegal, these messages may be monitored, recorded and police action considered.

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