Woolwich killing: Suspect, Michael Adebolajo is discharged from hospital


The second man arrested over the murder of Drummer Lee Rigby has been discharged from hospital, police say.

Michael Adebolajo, 28, has been taken into custody at a south London police station, where he will be questioned.

The other suspect, Michael Adebowale, 22, has been charged with the soldier’s murder and appeared before magistrates on Thursday.

Drummer Rigby’s family have called for calm amid reports of a rise in anti-Muslim incidents following the attack.

Mr Adebowale, of Greenwich, London, and Mr Adebolajo, originally from Romford, east London, were shot by police and arrested at the scene of the killing near Woolwich Barracks on 22 May.

They were both held under police guard in hospital following the arrest.

Mr Adebowale was discharged from hospital earlier this week. He is due to appear in court again on Monday.

‘Harrowing experience’

Faith Matters, an inter-faith organisation aimed at tackling extremism, said it had recorded 212 incidents since last Wednesday, up from between four and six per day.

In a statement, Drummer Rigby’s family said: “Lee would not want people to use his name as an excuse to carry out attacks against others”.

“We would not wish any other families to go through this harrowing experience and appeal to everyone to keep calm and show their respect in a peaceful manner.”

Drummer Rigby’s regiment, the Royal Fusiliers, also issued a notice to veterans and serving soldiers warning them about being associated with far-right groups.

It said a number of retired soldiers had been approached to take part in demonstrations taking place in the wake of the soldier’s death.

Brig Ian Liles, regimental secretary to the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, said: “It is wrong and disgraceful that the death of one of our own should be exploited in this manner.”

A separate notice issued by Army headquarters and passed on by Col James Stopford warned that “extremist organisations (the English Defence League in particular) will seize any opportunity to align veterans with their cause”.

Read more: BBC News

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