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Lee Rigby honoured at National Memorial Arboretum

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

Lee Rigby was murdered near Woolwich Barracks in May 2013. Credit: ITV News

Rigby 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.

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.


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

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. 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.

'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.

"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."

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