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Words of praise for brave Cornishwoman at Woolwich

Wayne Bulpitt, UK Chief Commissioner of the Scouting Association has praised Ingrid Loyau-Kennett following the events in Woolwich:

We are very proud of Scout volunteer Ingrid Loyau-Kennett for her calm and measured actions in very difficult circumstances. We are looking to make an award of bravery to her in the fullness of time to recognise her actions. At this time our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of the victim of this terrible crime.

– Wayne Bulpitt, UK Chief Commissioner of the Scouting Association

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Woman who confronted alleged attacker 'acted on instinct'

A woman who confronted one of the alleged attackers while he still had a knife in his hand spoke exclusively to Daybreak. Ingrid Loyau-Kennett was on a bus in Woolwich, but got off when she saw a man lying injured on a road. She says she was acting on instinct.

Watch Daybreak's exclusive interview with Ingrid Loyau-Kennett here.

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Ingrid Loyau-Kennett speaking to Daybreak Credit: ITV/Daybreak
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Scout leader told attackers: 'You are going to lose'

A mother confronted the Woolwich attackers, asking them to hand over their weapons and warning them: "It is only you versus many people, you are going to lose", it was reported.

Ingrid Loyau-Kennett, 48, told the Daily Telegraph that one of the attackers said to her that they "want to start a war in London tonight".

"So I thought 'OK, I don't know what is going on here' and he was covered with blood. I thought I had better start talking to him before he starts attacking somebody else. I thought these people usually have a message so I said, 'what do you want?'"

Mrs Loyau-Kennett said that the attacker seemed to be "in full control of his decisions and ready to do everything he wanted to do."

The mother-of-two, a cub scout leader from Cornwall according to the report, added: "Being a cub leader I have my first aid so when I saw this guy on the floor I thought it was an accident - then I saw the guy was dead and I could not feel any pulse."

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Cornishwoman first on scene at Woolwich

A cub scout leader from Helston, Cornwall, was one of the first people on the scene after a man was hacked to death on a London street today. Ingrid Loyau-Kennett confronted two men, one of whom was holding a bloodied knife, after the incident in Woolwich.

According to the Daily Telegraph, Mrs Loyau-Kennett was a passenger on a bus which was travelling past the scene, and jumped off to check the dead man's pulse.

Being a cub leader I have my first aid so when I saw this guy on the floor I thought it was an accident then I saw the guy was dead and I could not feel any pulse.

– Ingrid Loyau-Kennett, speaking to the Daily Telegraph

Find full coverage of the events in Woolwich on the ITV News National website.

Flora Day in Cornwall

Flora Day in Helston, Cornwall Credit: ITV News West Country

Helston in Cornwall will be decked out with bluebells, gorse and laurel leaves gathered from the surrounding countryside for Flora Day on Wednesday.

Dancing began at 7am, with men were dressed in shirts and ties, and the ladies wore light Summer dresses.

Flora Day kicks off in Helston

Flora Day is one of the westcountry's oldest traditions Credit: ITV Westcountry

Celebrations for Flora Day begins in Helston today. It celebrates the arrival of spring.

Some 80 couples will dance through the town, banishing the winter and welcoming new life.

The first dance starts at 7am and celebrations will continue until late.

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