Family lead Lee Rigby tributes

Memorial services for Drummer Lee Rigby have been held in his home city of Manchester and in Woolwich, with his family paying tribute at the spot in south London where the 25-year-old soldier was killed last Wednesday.

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Message: We are deeply saddened at tragic loss of life

Hundreds of members of the public have been leaving messages and floral tribute close to the place where Drummer Lee Rigby was attacked in Woolwich, south London.

A message left my a member of the public Credit: ITV News / Nicola Keaney
Hundreds of flowers left near Woolwich Barracks Credit: ITV News / Nicola Keaney
A 'brother' tribute left in Woolwich Credit: ITV News / Nicola Keaney

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Lee Rigby's relatives leave flowers in Woolwich

Relatives of Drummer Lee Rigby have visited the street in Woolwich, south London where the soldier died.

They joined hundreds of others in leaving flowers at the scene.

Lee Rigby's relatives arriving in Woolwich, south London Credit: ITV News / Martha Fairlie

They hugged and comforted each other as they looked as some of the many thousands of floral tributes that have been left in memory of the soldier.

Lee Rigby's relatives pay their respects close to the spot where he was killed Credit: ITV News / Martha Fairlie

They then crossed the road to look at the exact spot where he was murdered.

One clutched a teddy bear, while others held baskets of flowers which they left at the scene.

A relative leaves flowers in Woolwich Credit: ITV News / Martha Fairlie
A relative reads some of the messages that have been left for soldier Lee Rigby Credit: ITV News / Martha Fairlie

Woolwich remembrance service for Drummer Rigby today

Floral tributes outside the main gate of the Royal Artillery Barracks in Woolwich Credit: John STillwell/PA Wire/Press Association Images

A service dedicated to Drummer Lee Rigby will take place at St Peter the Apostle Roman Catholic Church in Woolwich later today.

Father Michael Branch, who will lead the service, encouraged people of all faiths to attend.

"The doors to the church will be open to everyone, people of any faith or no faith,"

"It will be a call for us to go beyond our own faiths, to commit to reach out to other faiths and people of goodwill.

"They'll be thoughts and prayers for Lee, his wife, son and family, and for all the guys in the armed forces, particularly in Woolwich barracks.

"Together we can move forward positively and show there is absolutely no tolerance for intolerance."

The service is due to start at the church in Woolwich New Road at 11:45 am.

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Help for Heroes sees a surge in fundraising

Men wearing Help For Heroes clothing leave flowers at the scene Credit: Jeff Moore/Jeff Moore/Empics Entertainment

Thousands of pounds have been raised for Help for Heroes on fund-raising pages set up so that people can support the charity in the wake of Drummer Rigby's death.

The soldier was wearing one of the charity's tops when he was murdered on Wednesday.

The Help for Heroes JustGiving page has been inundated with tributes to him.

At the time of writing, over £90,000 had been raised on a page called "RIP Woolwich Soldier".

BNP leader criticised over Lee Rigby tribute

British National Party leader Nick Griffin has been among those paying their respects to murdered soldier - a move criticised as "provocative" by an anti-racist organisation.

Akbar Khan, chairman of Building Bridges, said:

It is a provocative action by Nick Griffin to go to the place where this young soldier was murdered. All Muslims have come out and condemned this act of violence.

Given the serene and sad atmosphere prevailing in the country, because of this person's death, he is being very cynical and exploiting the raw nerves for his benefit, and we say it is just and fair that there should be no politics over dead bodies.

Whoever is involved in this kind of activity needs to look very carefully at what that person is doing.

We need to be calm and deal with it in a mature and responsible manner.

– Akbar Khan
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