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Lee Rigby respite centre opens for former soldiers

Parents of anyone who has served in the armed forces will understand the constant worry for their safety. And from this week there is more support for parents if they have a son or daughter killed serving their country.

It's thanks to the incredible fundraising drive by the mother of Lee Rigby- the soldier from Middleton who was killed in a terrorist attack near his barracks in London.

The respite centre is named after Lee and opened in Staffordshire at the weekend.

Family of Lee Rigby open respite house in his memory

The family of murdered Middleton soldier Lee Rigby have formally opened a respite care centre named after him.

His mother says Lee Rigby House in Staffordshire will serve as her son's legacy and will help to keep his memory alive.

Ralph Blunsom was at the opening.


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Mother of Lee Rigby 'welcomes memorial decision'

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The mother of murdered Lee Rigby has welcomed a decision to have a plaque bearing his name near to where he was killed.

His mother Lyn said in an interview with The Sun that the decision meant a great deal to her and that she does not want Lee to be forgotten.

Lyn said: “This means so much to me and my family because we want to make sure Lee is never forgotten.

“I will have a special place to take my children and grandchildren to show our love and respect for Lee. The support has been overwhelming."

Fusilier Rigby, 25, was murdered in Woolwich in May 2013 by two Muslim converts.

Community leaders say memorial for Lee Rigby is fitting tribute

Community leaders say a permanent memorial for murdered soldier Lee Rigby is a fitting tribute which will ensure his memory lives on. Lee's family and friends watched its unveiling at Middleton memorial gardens yesterday,.

Lee Rigby honoured at National Memorial Arboretum

Fusilier Lee Rigby has been honoured at a service remembering fallen servicemen.

The annual event remembers fallen servicemen who have been killed on duty the previous year. Credit: ITV Granada

The soldier from Middleton was murdered by Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale near Woolwich Barracks last year.

The soldier is one of 17 servicemen to have their names added to the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire.

Families remember their loved ones Credit: ITV Granada

The annual event remembers fallen servicemen who have been killed on duty the previous year.

Family members will lay wreaths at the memorial after the service.

National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire Credit: ITV Granada


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Lee Rigby's mum 'wept' when she heard of Foley killing

The mother of murdered soldier Lee Rigby, who was hacked to death in the street last year by Islamist fanatics, "wept" when she saw the news about the beheading of US journalist James Foley.

Fusilier Lee Rigby's mum wept when she heard about US journalist James Foley. Credit: Reuters

Lyn Rigby told the Sun on Sunday (£) that the American's violent death brought back nightmarish memories of her son's killing.

She said: "The moment I saw the news about James's beheading, I felt my heart turn over and I just wept."

She added that she supported calls from Foley's parents not to watch the fanatics' video, saying: "By refusing to watch, you are making a stand against the terrorists who are trying to push a nasty and violent agenda."

Fusilier Rigby, a 25-year-old father-of-one, was knocked down by a car near Woolwich Barracks in south east London and subjected to a frenzied knife attack in broad daylight. Michael Adebolajo and fellow extremist Michael Adebowale were this year convicted of his murder.

Man charged over memorial graffiti

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A man has been charged with scrawling graffiti about fusilier Lee Rigby's murder on the RAF Bomber Command War Memorial in central London.

Daniel James Smith, 21, of Grecian Street North, Salford, Lancashire, is accused of causing criminal damage to the memorial in Green Park on June 5.

Unemployed Smith will appear at Westminster Magistrates' Court tomorrow morning.

The memorial, which was created to remember the thousands of RAF crew who lost their lives in the Second World War, was vandalised twice in just over a week following the murder of Drummer Rigby in Woolwich, south east London, on May 22.