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Woolwich killing: arrests over alleged racist tweets

Police have arrested three people ahead of an English Defence League protest for allegedly making racist tweets.

Northumbria Police said two people from Gateshead and a third from Stockton, Teesside, were held earlier. .

The EDL has planned their demonstration for months, but the horrific murder of Drummer Lee Rigby in Woolwich on Wednesday has heightened tensions in the local community.A counter demonstration by opponents of the EDL has been planned

Woolwich inquiry to be launched

A preliminary report into what the intelligence services knew about the two suspects in the murder of Drummer Lee Rigby will be handed over to an inquiry next week.

Michael Adebolajo and Michael Oluwatobi Adebowale remain in hospital after being shot by police following the brutal killing of the young father near Woolwich barracks in south east London on Wednesday.

Prime Minister David Cameron announced that the parliamentary Intelligence and Security Committee (ISC), chaired by former foreign secretary Sir Malcolm Rifkind, would investigate, following the disclosure that the two men were known to MI5.

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Friend of Woolwich suspect arrested

A friend of Woolwich murder suspect Michael Adebolajo has been arrested following a BBC Newsnight appearance in which he claimed that Adebolajo was approached by MI5 six months ago and asked if he would work for the security service.

Abu Nusaybah told the BBC's Newsnight programme that his friend, who was arrested after the murder of Drummer Lee Rigby on Wednesday, had rejected the request.During the interview Nusaybah said he thought Adebolajo underwent a "change" following his detention by security forces on a trip to Kenya.

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Family of Lee Rigby pay emotional tribute to their 'hero'

The family of Drummer Lee Rigby spoke of their immense pride as they described their grief on Friday. Speaking during an emotional press conference his widow Rebecca said she could not comprehend that he was killed inside the UK, where he "should have been safe."

ITV News reporter Damon Green reports from Middleton, Greater Manchester.

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Londoners take flowers despite the weather

Shrine to murdered soldier grows

The scene at the junction of Artillery Place and John Wilson Street Credit: Jennifer Cockerell/PA Wire/Press Association Images
The spot has become a focal point for locals to express their sympathy and support Credit: John Stillwell/PA Wire/Press Association Images
Area has become a shrine to Drummer Lee Rigby Credit: John Stillwell/PA Wire/Press Association Images
Some local workers bring flowers Credit: John Stillwell/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Two women have been released without charge

Police are continuing to question a 29 year old man Credit: PA

Two women arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to murder soldier Lee Rigby have been released without charge, Scotland Yard said.

A 29-year-old was arrested yesterday in connection with the killing and today the force revealed that another woman, aged 31, had been held at a home in south London around 11.50pm last night and later released.

Detectives are continuing to question a 29-year-old man on suspicion of conspiracy to murder Drummer Rigby, who was hacked to death in Woolwich, south-east London on Wednesday.

The two men who were shot by police after charging towards armed officers brandishing weapons remain in hospital in a stable condition.

They were arrested on suspicion of murder on the day of the attack.

Woolwich book of condolence open all bank holiday

A Book of Condolence has been opened today in Woolwich Town Hall to enable people who live, work and study in the area to express their condolences.

Opening hours at Woolwich Town Hall have been extended over the Bank Holiday weekend to enable members of the public to pay their respects.

The Mayor of the Royal Borough Councillor Angela Cornforth and the Leader of the Royal Borough Councillor Chris Roberts said:

"Now that the death of Drummer Lee Rigby has been confirmed we wish to express our condolences to Drummer Rigby's family and friends.

Woolwich is a place born out of the Army and it runs through the DNA of the town and many of its people. This is a place which has witnessed attacks on our armed service personnel before, not least the terrorist attack by the IRA almost 40 years ago.

Then, as now, the people and communities of Woolwich have shown their pride in our Armed Services and respect for the role they play and the risks they undertake. Every single soldier and their family can be assured of our enduring support in the days, weeks, months and years ahead.”

The Book of Condolence is open for the public to sign in Woolwich Town Hall, Wellington Street, SE18 6PW.

The Town Hall will be open 9am – 5pm daily, including Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday.

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