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'Trojan Horse' teachers 'thought Lee Rigby death a hoax'

Lee Rigby was murdered by Islamist extremists in May 2013.
Lee Rigby was murdered by Islamist extremists in May 2013. Credit: Reuters

Teachers at schools involved in the 'Trojan Horse' investigation allegedly claimed the murder of Lee Rigby was "some kind of staged event or hoax", according to a government report.

The report's author, retired counter-terrorism officer Peter Clarke, analysed the contents of a social media discussion between teachers at Park View School who called themselves 'The Park View Brotherhood'.

The teachers allegedly joked about Lee Rigby's death on the WhatsApp messaging service.
The teachers allegedly joked about Lee Rigby's death on the WhatsApp messaging service. Credit: Daniel Reinhardt/DPA/Press Association Images

Clarke's report says the group of teachers exchanged "highly offensive comments about British service personnel" on the WhatsApp messaging service.

He also described the general contents of the teachers' discussions as "grossly intolerant of beliefs and practices other than their own".

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Bikers lead tributes to soldier Lee Rigby in Greenwich

Bikers from across the UK are leading tributes to soldier Lee Rigby today. The riders, including current and former British military personnel, are gathering in Greenwich before travelling to Woolwich Barracks, where Fusilier Rigby was stationed, for a memorial service.

Sikh riders from the Khalsa Bikers Group Credit: Ronke Phillips/ITV News

Organiser Julia Stevenson, 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."

An estimated 3000 bikers at Greenwich Credit: Ronke Phillips/ITV News

Julia Stevenson, added: "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."

Organiser Julia Stevenson reading out a message from Lee Rigby's mother to bikers before procession Credit: Ronke Phillips/ITV News

Drummer Lee Rigby 'will never be forgotten'

The Home Secretary Theresa May led tributes to murdered soldiers Lee Rigby, a year since his brutal death.

Drummer Lee Rigby, murdered one year ago today in Woolwich. Credit: MoD

The 25-year-old was killed near Woolwich barracks in south east London on May 22. Home Secretary Theresa May said:

We shall never forget the appalling crime which was committed so publicly in Woolwich a year ago and our thoughts must go to Lee Rigby's loved ones on this very difficult day.

The entire country united to condemn his death and the murderous ideology his killers espoused. They were swiftly brought to justice and we are committed to doing everything we can to challenge those whose beliefs and behaviour threaten our way of life.

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'Immediate and full investigation' to be held over Rigby slogan

An independent investigation is to examine the Electoral Commission's decision to allow an extremist party to use a slogan featuring murdered soldier Lee Rigby.

Jenny Watson, chair of the independent commission, said today that "an immediate and full independent investigation" will follow to "prevent this from ever happening again".

The watchdog issued an apology yesterday for allowing Britain First to use the description "Remember Lee Rigby" on voting slips for next month's European elections.

(File photo) Jenny Watson will chair the independent commission. Credit: Ian Nicholson/PA

John Bercow's 'grave concern' over Rigby slogan use

House of Commons Speaker John Bercow has requested an urgent independent inquiry after the Electoral Commission's decision to allow an extremist party to use a slogan featuring murdered soldier Lee Rigby.

House of Commons Speaker John Bercow Credit: PA

According to his spokeswoman, Mr Bercow said: "The speaker was told about the Electoral Commission's decision this afternoon. He understands the grave concern felt over this alarming development and awaits (Cabinet Office Minister Greg Clark's) letter.

Read: Probe urged after Rigby slogan used by extremist party

"The speaker wishes to see an independent inquiry, conducted as a matter of urgency. He will look forward to the publication of the report of that inquiry, which he and his colleagues will carefully consider."

Read: Election body apologises for allowing Lee Rigby slogan

Probe urged after Rigby slogan used by extremist party

The Electoral Commission should face a "full investigation" over its decision to allow an extremist party to use a slogan featuring murdered soldier Lee Rigby, the Government said.

The watchdog issued an apology yesterday for allowing Britain First to use the description "Remember Lee Rigby" on voting slips for next month's European elections.

Fusilier Lee Rigby, 25, was murdered as he walked near Woolwich Barracks Credit: Ministry of Defence

Cabinet Office Minister Greg Clark has now written to House of Commons speaker John Bercow to request an investigation into the error is brought forward by the parliamentary committee which oversees the commission's work.

Mr Clark said: "It is sickening that anyone should attempt to make political capital out of Lee Rigby's murder [...] The whole country will be outraged that the memory of Lee Rigby should be abused in this way, and our heart goes out to his family, friends and colleagues."

Read: Election body apologises for allowing Lee Rigby slogan

Election body apologises for allowing Lee Rigby slogan

The Electoral Commission has been forced to apologise after allowing an extremist party to use a slogan featuring murdered soldier Lee Rigby.

Fusilier Lee Rigby
Fusilier Lee Rigby Credit: PA Wire

The watchdog had approved use of the slogan "Remember Lee Rigby" by the 'Britain First' party on voting slips at the European elections next month.

Jenny Watson, the chair of the commission, said use of the slogan "should never have been permitted".

"We are deeply sorry for the offence that has been caused and I have apologised to Lee Rigby's family," she added.

"We are particularly sorry at the pain that this will cause them, particularly since polling day falls on the first anniversary of Drummer Rigby's murder."

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