Father of Lee Rigby: I want apology from security agencies

The father of Fusilier Lee Rigby has said he wants an apology from Britain's intelligence services after accusing them of failing to prevent his son's murder.

The Intelligence and Security Committee said in a report that spy agencies could not have stopped the soldier's murder in May 2013, despite his killers featuring in a total of seven error-filled operations before the attack.

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Father of Lee Rigby: I want apology from security agencies

The father of Fusilier Lee Rigby has said he wants an apology from Britain's intelligence services after accusing them of failing to prevent his son's murder.

Fusilier Lee Rigby was brutally murdered on the streets of Woolwich in May 2013. Credit: PA Wire

A parliamentary inquiry, released on Tuesday, said that despite operational mistakes, security agencies could not have stopped Rigby's murder in May 2013.

But Phil McClure told The Times that M15, M16 and GCHQ were partly to blame for not identifying extremists Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale, both of whom are serving life sentences for his son's death.

“All of them have a bit of blame haven’t they?” Mr McClure told the newspaper.

“All we want really is a good apology off them.”


Rigby family: Facebook has 'duty of care' to alert authorities

Social media websites like Facebook have "a duty of care" to alert authorities when users reveal their intentions to take part in an act of terrorism, the stepfather of murdered soldier Lee Rigby has told Good Morning Britain.

Lee Rigby's sister, Sara McClure and Step-Dad Ian Rigby, with Good Morning Britain presenter Ranvir Singh. Credit: Good Morning Britain/ITV

Ian Rigby criticised Facebook for not sharing more information with authorities when it emerged one of his stepson's killers, Michael Adebowale, had spoken of his plans to murder a solider in an exchange on the social media site ahead of the attack.

Adebowale and Michael Adebolajo drove into the soldier before hacking him to death near Woolwich Barracks in May 2013.

Speaking after the release of a report into the security failings in the run-up to the attack, Mr Rigby said it was "a necessary evil" for social media websites to share information with authorities in extreme cases.

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PM: Firms 'need to stop terrorists using online networks'

Internet firms need to act to prevent terrorists from plotting "murder and mayhem" on their networks, the Prime Minister has argued.

David Cameron made the comments after the release of a report by the government's Intelligence and Security Committee, which raised concerns over some social media companys' policies when it came to tackling suspicious behaviour online.

ITV News UK editor Rohit Kachroo reports:


MI5 almost a week late submitting surveillance bid

MI5 was almost a week late in submitting a bid to put Michael Adebowale under heightened surveillance, only submitting it to the Home Office the day before he and Michael Adebolajo murdered Fusilier Lee Rigby, it has emerged.

Despite having a target time of seven days, the government’s Intelligence and Security Committee found the application took almost twice that time. If it had been submitted within the target time frame, the report found Adebowale would almost certainly have been under “intrusive” scrutiny in the days leading up to – and the day of – the attack.

Fusilier Lee Rigby was killed on May 22, 2013 Credit: PA

The report went on to say while it was “improbable” that any coverage would have uncovered Adebowale’s plans, the delay was “significant”.

If the application had not taken nearly twice as long as it should have, MI5 would probably have had these techniques in place in the days before the attack.

While post-event analysis has not provided any evidence that these techniques would have revealed anything that might have helped prevent the attack on 22 May 2013, there can be no certainty of this.

– Intelligence and Security Committee report

Lee Rigby's uncle: 'Don't let his death be in vain'

The uncle of murdered soldier Fusilier Lee Rigby has said he hopes a report into what intelligence services knew ahead of the attack will be used to make a difference.

Fusilier Lee Rigby's uncle Raymond Dutton says he does not believe anything could have been done to prevent his nephew's murder Credit: ITV News

Raymond Dutton, who lives in Manchester, also admitted he did not believe his nephew’s murder could have been prevented, adding: “He was just in the wrong place at the wrong time.”

If we're going to safeguard our citizens on the streets of Great Britain then this report needs to be looked into in fine detail.

Hopefully any learning from the report will be put to good use and then Lee's death wouldn't have been in vain.

– Raymond Dutton, uncle

Lee Rigby killer discussed intent to murder soldier online

Intelligence services have today been cleared of any blame over the brutal killing of soldier Lee Rigby, in an official report which found they could not have prevented the tragedy.

But the report also reveals an online conversation by one of Fusilier Rigby’s killers, Michael Adebowale, had discussed in graphic detail his intention to kill a soldier with an overseas extremist on a social media platform, believed to have been Facebook.

ITV News UK editor Rohit Kachroo reports:

Facebook hosted chat between Adebowale & extremist

Facebook hosted an exchange between Michael Adebowale and an overseas extremist ahead of the murder of Lee Rigby, ITV News understands.

In the exchange Adebowale spoke of his intent to murder a soldier.

In a statement, a spokeswoman for Facebook said they took "steps" to prevent people using the site for terrorist purposes.

Like everyone else, we were horrified by the vicious murder of Fusilier Lee Rigby.

We don’t comment on individual cases but Facebook’s policies are clear, we do not allow terrorist content on the site and take steps to prevent people from using our service for these purposes.

– Facebook spokeswoman
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