Woolwich firearms officers 'on duty soon'

Police attend the scene in Woolwich where Drummer Lee Rigby was murdered. Credit: PA Wire

Three firearms officers involved in the shooting of the men suspected of murdering soldier Lee Rigby could be back on duty within weeks.

The officers, along with two of their commanders, are currently undergoing post shooting assessments and Chief Superintendent Alistair Sutherland said he 'certainly hopes' that they will return to normal duties soon.

He said: "I will obviously speak to my counterparts in our department for professional standards and I will liaise with the IPCC (Independent Police Complaints Commission), and then I will come to a decision around putting them back to ops.

"But at this stage I would anticipate them being back on operational duty fairly quickly."