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Jury sees CCTV of police confronting defendants

The jury in the Lee Rigby murder trial have been shown footage of the moment police confronted the men accused of killing the soldier, Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale.

Defendant Michael Adebolajo falls to the floor Defendant Michael Adebolajo falls to the floor at 14:34:13.
Defendant Michael Adebolajo falls to the floor at 14:34:13. Credit: Metropolitan Police
Michael Adebowale (right) runs down the footpath as Michael Adebolajo is down on the road.
Michael Adebowale (right) runs down the footpath as Michael Adebolajo is down on the road. Credit: Metropolitan Police
Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale on the floor.
Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale are both on the floor. Credit: Metropolitan Police
Michael Adebowale raises his arm as armed police officers move in.
Michael Adebowale raises his arm as armed police officers move in. Credit: Metropolitan Police

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EDL leaders charged in march case

Two leaders of far-right group the English Defence League have been charged with obstructing police after allegedly trying to defy a ban on marching to the scene of the murder of soldier Lee Rigby via a major mosque.

Tommy Robinson, whose real name is Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, appeared at Westminster Magistrates' Court this afternoon and was bailed to return on September 11.

His co-leader Kevin Carroll was also charged after answering police bail and will appear in court on the same day.

The pair were arrested on suspicion of obstructing officers outside Aldgate East Tube station in east London on June 29.

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85,000 call for bravery medals for Woolwich women

The Rev Jesse van der Falk delivers a petition to Downing Street with wife Louise and Woolwich Councillor John Fahy Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire/Press Association Images

A petition backed by more than 85,000 people calling for bravery medals to be given to three women who intervened in the aftermath of the murder of Drummer Lee Rigby has been delivered to Downing Street.

Rector of Woolwich Reverend Jesse van der Valk, who is behind the scheme, said that the trio's courage had given comfort to the young soldier's family.

Ingrid Loyau-Kennett spoke to ITV News about the incident Credit: ITN

Ingrid Loyau-Kennett was thrust into the spotlight after calmly approaching one of Drummer Rigby's alleged attackers as the young soldier lay injured in the middle of the road.

Amanda Donnelly and her daughter Gemini Donnelly-Martin insisted on being allowed to sit with the 25-year-old to try to comfort him.

Rev van der Valk said:

"They showed enormous courage and compassion to Drummer Lee Rigby at what turned out to be the end of his life, and that's an amazing thing.

"That's something that people feel strongly about and they want to see them rewarded for what they did.

"People see small or major things happening on the street and don't always intervene because of fear of the consequences.

These women did and most people think that's something that should be recognised.

"I think for Lee himself and for his wife, child and family it has made a big difference to know that they were there.

"We hope the Government will recognise what the ladies have done and award them the George Medal."

Drummer Rigby, who had a two-year-old son, was murdered near Woolwich barracks in south-east London on May 22.

He was hit by a car and then attacked with a meat cleaver by two people.

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Miliband says extremists will 'fail to divide Britain'

Speaking about the murder of Drummer Lee Rigby in Woolwich, Labour leader Ed Miliband said extremists will fail to divide Britain because "British people know this attack did not represent the true values of any community, including Muslim communities who contribute so much to our country".

Mr Miliband said he supported action to bring the perpetrators to justice and work to unite communities and learn the lessons of the attack.

But he questioned the Prime Minister on whether the events in Woolwich would mean further movement on controversial communications data proposals.

Labour leader Ed Miliband responds to Prime Minister David Cameron's statements to MPs.
Labour leader Ed Miliband responds to Prime Minister David Cameron's statements to MPs. Credit: PA Wire

Mr Miliband said, "What is your current view on the need for legislation on communications data?"

Mr Cameron replied: "I think we need a frank debate in this House. There is a problem when, at the moment, some 95% of serious crimes involve the use of communications data.

"That is not the content of a fixed or mobile telephone call, it's about the nature of the call - when it was made, who was it that made it, when did they make it".

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Cameron: Task force will ask serious questions

Prime Minister David Cameron said the Government's new task force on tackling terrorism and extremism will ask serious questions.

It will concentrate on:

  • Whether rules for charities are too lax and allow extremists to prosper
  • If enough is done to disrupt groups that incite hatred or violence
  • The problem of extremist groups in universities
  • More support for madrassas to prevent radicalisation
  • Help for mosques that want to expel extremists and recruit imams who understand Britain
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Cameron: Government will not stand for extremists

Prime Minister David Cameron told MPs the Government will not stand for extremists or "groups like the English Defence League who try to demonise Islam and try and stoke up anti-Muslim hatred".

Mr Cameron said in a statement to the House of Commons, "It is as if for some young people there is a conveyor belt to radicalisation that has poisoned their minds".

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Cameron's task force to tackle extremism 'head on'

Prime Minister David Cameron has chaired the first meeting of a new task force, known as TERFOR, which aims to tackle terrorism and religious extremism.

The task force agreed to tackle all types of extremism "head on" following the murder of Drummer Lee Rigby.

Prime Minister David Cameron made a statement in the House of Commons on extremism.
Prime Minister David Cameron made a statement in the House of Commons on extremism. Credit: PA Wire

A Number 10 spokesman said: "The Prime Minister tasked Ministers to work on practical suggestions which the task force could discuss at future meetings.

"He asked Michael Gove and David Laws to look at confronting extreme views in schools and charities, with Vince Cable looking at universities; Chris Grayling to look into similar issues in prisons; and, Baroness Warsi to look at work in communities".

Ministers at today's meeting included Chancellor George Osborne, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, Home Secretary Theresa May and Education Secretary Michael Gove.

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PM 'won't stand for EDL trying to demonise Islam'

In a speech in the House of Commons David Cameron paid tribute to the security services and also vowed that the government will not stand for extremists or, "groups like the English Defence League who try to demonise Islam and try and stoke up anti-Muslim hatred."

The police and security services will not rest until they have brought all those responsible to justice.

Already this year there have been three major counter terror trials in which 18 people were found guilty and sentenced to a total of 150 years in prison much more of the British security services necessarily goes unreported. They are Britain's silent heroes and heroines and the whole country owes them an enormous debt of gratitude.

Just as we will not stand for those who pervert Islam to preach extremism, neither will we stand for groups like the English Defence League who try to demonise Islam and try and stoke up anti-Muslim hatred by bringing disorder and violence to our towns and cities.

– David Cameron
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Cameron: 'Woolwich was a betrayal of Islam'

Prime Minister David Cameron pictured gave a statement to the House of Commons.
Prime Minister David Cameron pictured gave a statement to the House of Commons. Credit: ITV News

Speaking to the House of Commons the Prime Minister has said:

"What happened on the streets of Woolwich shocked and sickened us all. It was a despicable attack on a British soldier who stood for our country and our way of life and it was too a betrayal of Islam and of the Muslim communities who give so much to our country.

"There is nothing in Islam that justifies acts of terror and I welcome the spontaneous condemnation of this attack from Mosques and community organisations right across our country."

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Cameron hosts anti-extremism task force meeting

Prime Minister David Cameron has hosted an initial meeting of a task force aimed at tackling extremism and radicalisation, in the wake of the killing of soldier Lee Rigby in Woolwich.

Those in attendance included the Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, Chancellor George Osborne and the Home Secretary Theresa May

A spokesman said it was agreed "that it is necessary to tackle extremism head on, not just violent extremism".

Prime Minister David Cameron

Mr Cameron has tasked specific Ministers to work on practical suggestions to be discussed at future meetings.

The Education Secretary Michael Gove and School Minister David Laws will look at confronting extreme views in schools and charities, with the Business Secretary Vince Cable looking at universities.

Justice Secretary Chris Grayling will look into similar issues in prisons; and the minister for Faith and Communities, Baroness Warsi, in communities.

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