Woolwich heroine: 'I just talked to a guy who was in need'

Ingrid Loyau-Kennett speaks exclusively to ITV News. Credit: ITV News

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A mother who has been hailed a heroine after she confronted a suspect in the wake of a brutal attack on a soldier in Woolwich said she "just talked to a guy who was in need".

Speaking exclusively to ITV News, Ingrid Loyau-Kennett said she got off her bus hoping to deliver first aid to the stricken soldier, assuming he had been involved in a road accident, but within moments found herself reasoning with a man holding a "revolver and butcher's knife".

She told presenter Mary Nightingale that the suspect told her to step away from the body and said: "He is a British soldier, he killed people in Muslim lands."

Although the man appeared "agitated" and got very close to her she said he was "not drunk or high on drugs".

The mother-of-two has been hailed a heroine in the aftermath of the attack but she said: "It is too much. I don't think I've done anything extraordinary. I just talked to a guy who was in need."