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Women who tried to help Lee Rigby should get award says MP

Lee Rigby was killed near his barracks in Woolwich Credit: GTV

An MP has called for the three women who confronted the killers of Lee Rigby and sought to help the soldier should be officially honoured for their bravery.

Conservative MP for New Forest East Julian Lewis says Ingrid Loyau-Kennett, Amanda Donnelly and Gemini Donnelly-Martin should be given either a Queen's Commendation or a George Medal for their actions on the day Fusilier Rigby was killed.

Mr Lewis said the bystanders, who are known as the "angels of Woolwich", deserve an honour and pointed out that one of them now suffers mental health problems. On May 22 last year, Muslim converts Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale ran down and killed the soldier near Woolwich Barracks, south-east London.

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Fusilier Lee Rigby's name engraved on National Memorial

Engraver Nick Hindle engraves the names. Credit: PA

Work has begun to engrave the name of Lee Rigby and 16 other forces personel killed on duty in 2013 on Britain's largest military memorial.

Fusilier Lee Rigby Credit: PA

The Fusilier, from Middleton, was killed by Michael Adebolajo, 29, and Michael Adebowale, 23, in a street in Woolwich, south-east London last year.

His name will be immortalised alongside 16,000 other military personnel at the Armed Forces Memorial in the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire.

Stonemason Nick Hindle began producing the tribute yesterday morning and is expected to take several weeks to chisel the name of the murdered soldier, and 16 others killed last year, into the Portland stone walls.

A stencil with the name of LJ Rigby used by engraver Nick Hindle. Credit: PA
Engraver Nick Hindle engraves the names of UK Armed Forces personnel killed on duty in 2013. Credit: PA

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Fusilier Lee Rigby's parents unable to grieve for their son

Ten months after Fusilier Lee Rigby was murdered in Woolwich, his mother says she hasn't been able to grieve because of legal red tape.

Lyn Rigby has been denied any of her son's possessions because his estranged wife was still classified as his next of kin.

They were speaking after a charity helped transform their garden in Middleton, a place they describe as their 'safety zone'.

Couple sentenced for Lee Rigby videos

Lee Rigby

A British Muslim couple will be sentenced today for glorifying the murder of Fusilier Lee Rigby in videos posted on YouTube.

Royal Barnes, 23, and his wife, Rebekah Dawson, 22, recorded and uploaded three videos shortly after the murder in Woolwich, south-east London, in May last year.

Barnes faces jail at the Old Bailey after pleading guilty to three counts of disseminating a terrorist publication and one of inciting murder. His wife, admitted charges of disseminating a terrorist publication at an earlier separate hearing but will be sentenced alongside her husband.

In one of the videos posted under his account Musa Real Talks, Barnes, of Hackney, east London, hailed the murder as a "brilliant day" and in a follow-up he mocked the outpouring of public grief, laughing uncontrollably as he drove past floral tributes with Dawson.

Barnes, who knew one of the murderers, Michael Adebowale, also posted on Facebook the offer of a reward for avenging the rape of an Iraqi woman.

The post on June 12 2013, stated: "Any1 who kills an invading soldier in Muslim land I will give them a Vauxhall Astra 3door and money (French British American any kaffir soldier take ur pick)."

Michael Adebolajo, 29, was given a whole life term and Michael Adebowale, 22, was sentenced to life with a minimum term of 45 years at a hearing after being found guilty of Fusilier Rigby's murder.

The British Muslim converts ran the soldier down in a car before hacking him to death with a meat cleaver and knives in a frenzied attack. They dumped his body in the middle of the road near Woolwich Barracks.

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