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Family of Woolwich suspect 'approached by MI5 & MI6'

ITV News has uncovered claims that the family of Woolwich suspect Michael Adebalajo was approached by British security services MI5 and MI6. The claims come from former Guantanamo Bay detainee Moazzam Begg. He runs a charity which lobbies on behalf of terror suspects. Speaking to ITV News he said:

"He came to our organisation sometime in April 2012 with some members of his family, who'd spoken about the approach to him and members of the family by the security services. They were in a state of great worry and didn't know what to do.

"His immediate family members had been approached in order that he work with them."


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Worker suspended for Drummer Lee Rigby tribute

A supermarket worker in Hampshire has been suspended for wearing a Help for Heroes bracelet and a poppy in tribute to Drummer Lee Rigby.

Adam Austin has spoken of his shock after bosses at the Morrisons store in Portsmouth told him he faced disciplinary action when he refused to remove the items.

The 28-year-old has now been suspended until he attends a meeting on Friday.

Mr Austin told the Portsmouth News: "I was disappointed and partly furious.

A Morrisons spokesman explained that staff were generally prohibited from wearing extra items to prevent objects falling into food products

He said: "It's all about food hygiene. The rules are the same in a restaurant kitchen as they are in a supermarket food preparation area.

"We have a dress code and the dress code is primarily around the health and safety of the staff member and the members of the public."

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Rigby honoured as he died 'as a result of terrorist action'

Lee Rigby was killed as a result of terrorist action outside Woolwich Barracks in London on May 22 and qualifies for inclusion on the Armed Forces Memorial.

His name, along with other members of the UK armed forces who are killed on duty or through terrorist action in 2013, will be engraved in time for the annual service of dedication in mid-2014.

The families of the bereaved are always invited to attend, usually in the presence of a member of the Royal Family, a defence minister and senior armed forces representatives.

– Trustees for the Armed Forces Memorial at the National Memorial Arboretum, Staffordshire
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Drummer Lee Rigby's name on war memorial

Drummer Lee Rigby. Credit: MOD

The name of murdered soldier Lee Rigby will be placed on a national memorial honouring Britain's dead servicemen and women in Staffordshire.

Trustees for the Armed Forces Memorial at the National Memorial Arboretum said Drummer Rigby's name would be inscribed there as he had died in a terrorist attack.

Drummer Rigby, 25, who had been in the 2nd Battalion the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, was killed in a knife attack carried out during the day in Woolwich, London, last Wednesday.


Exclusive: 'Cousin' of Woolwich suspect apologises to soldier's family

A woman claiming to be the cousin of one of the suspects in the Woolwich attack has apologised to the family of murdered soldier Drummer Lee Rigby.

Speaking exclusively to ITV News, she said: "I can only say how sorry we are to the family".

Both of the suspects who were detained at the scene of the attack have family ties to Nigeria.

ITV News correspondent Ronke Phillips tracked down the family home of one of them, Michael Adebowale, in the Nigerian city of Lagos:

Hazel Blears criticises Government over radicalisation

Labour's MP Hazel Blears has criticised the Government for failing to act at a local level over the radicalisation of young Muslims. Credit: PA

Labour MP Hazel Blears says the Government has failed to to take action at local level to prevent the radicalisation of young Muslims.

The former counter-terrorism minister told BBC Radio 4's Today programme that she supported Prime Minister David Cameron's creation of a task force to crack down on extremism, but said the coalition Government had focused on policing and security measures rather than supporting integration.

"I actually think it's really important for young people in communities to feel that this is their community and that way you stop the next generation being groomed into extremism," she said. "I think the two things do have a connection."

She said banning extremist preachers' websites was not enough and that young people need to be empowered to say "this is not our religion, this is not our belief".

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