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Lee Rigby's mother refuses to forgive son's killers

The mother of murdered soldier Lee Rigby says she will never forgive her son's killers.

Speaking on the first anniversary of the Fusilier's death Lyn Rigby revealed she has a recurring nightmare of the moment he was killed and she couldn't help him.

Flags were flown at half mast in Rochdale today and a permanent memorial is to be built in Lee's hometown of Middleton.

Our correspondent Mel Barham reports.


Flags lowered across Rochdale for Lee Rigby

Armed forces flags have been lowered across Rochdale to mark the anniversary of the death of Fusilier Lee Rigby.

Council staff are holding two minutes silence at the exact time the attack happened near his barracks at Woolwich.

“The thoughts and prayers of our residents will be with Lee’s family, as they were one year ago. Over the last few months we have been designing and planning, working closely alongside the family, a lasting tribute to Lee, befitting to his memory and bravery. There will be a bronze memorial created in Middleton Memorial Gardens, alongside a plaque for Lee and a memorial stone where other soldiers can be commemorated. These will be completed later this year..”

– Linda Fisher, Deputy Chief Executive at Rochdale Borough Council.

Remembering Fusilier Lee Rigby one year on

Lee Rigby

Bikers from across the UK and abroad will lead tributes to murdered soldier Lee Rigby today, a year after his death. The fusilier from Middleton was run over in a car and then hacked to death by British Muslim converts Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale on May 22 last year.

Tributes will be paid in the north and south, bikers including current and former British military personnel, will gather in Greenwich in south east London before travelling to Woolwich Barracks, where Fusilier Rigby was stationed, for a memorial service.

It will be led by the Rector of Woolwich, Reverend Jesse van der Valk, and will include a message written by the young serviceman's mother, Lyn Rigby.

Organiser Julia Stevenson, who will read Mrs Rigby's words, said:

"The Lee Rigby ride is about a single soldier, brutally cut down not on the battlefield but on the streets of London. In the act of riding through Woolwich on the anniversary of his death we are expressing the admiration and respect we all share for our armed forces.

As we ride we will remember Lee, and our thoughts will be for his family at this difficult time, and his regiment. We will proudly represent a nation who was moved by this tragedy by riding as one."

Armed forces flags across Rochdale will be lowered today in his memory and a permanent memorial is planned for later this year.

Fusilier Lee Rigby's mother says she'll never forgive her son's murderers

One year on from the murder of fusilier Lee Rigby, his mother says she'll never forgive the men who murdered her son.

Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale were both sentenced to life in February.

Today armed forces flags will be lowered across Rochdale to mark the anniversary of his death. A lasting memorial is being planned for the town later this year.

Lyn Rigby told Susanna Reid on ITV1's Good Morning Britain about her fears in court the moment they were sentenced.


Brother of Lee Rigby's killer feels sympathy for soldier's son

Fusilier Lee Rigby Credit: ITV Granada

The brother of Michael Adebolajo, one of the men who murdered Fusilier Lee said he had a 'tremendous amount of sympathy' towards Lee Rigby’s son because he will grow up without a father.

Jeremiah Adebolajo said his brother should have been tried for treason not murder, and instead was subjected to an Islamophobic 'trial by the public'.

Michael Adebalojo Credit: ITV Granada

When asked if he believed his brother would pose a danger to society, he told BBC Radio 5 'personally, I don’t believe he would, no,' and insisted he would lead “a very productive life” if he was released.

Michael Adebolajo was sentenced to a whole-life term and Michael Adebowale was given a life sentence with a minimum of 45 years for the killing the 25-year-old Fusilier as he walked back to his Barracks in Woolwich last May.

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