Woolwich murder: East Midlands home searched

Police close a road in Saxilby, Lincolnshire leading to a house which was raided in connection with the attack in Woolwich, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday May 23, 2013. See PA story POLICE Woolwich. Photo credit should read: Rui Vieira/PA Wire
Police close a road in Saxilby, Lincolnshire leading to a house which was raided in connection with the attack in Woolwich, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday May 23, 2013. See PA story POLICE Woolwich. Photo credit should read: Rui Vieira/PA Wire
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Police have searched an East Midlands house thought to be the former home of a man suspected of killing a serving soldier in South-East London.

One of the two suspects is understood to be 28-year-old Michael Adebolajo – and a man with this name is registered as having lived at the address in Hotchkin Avenue, Saxilby, in 2003.

A police spokesman said: “Lincolnshire Police can confirm that the Metropolitan Police executed a search warrant under the Police and Criminal Evidence Act (Pace) at an address in Lincolnshire.

“This is in connection with the ongoing investigation into the murder of a man in Woolwich. The Metropolitan Police are not prepared to discuss the matter further at this stage.”

Two men are alleged to have waited outside a barracks in Woolwich and rammed Drummer Lee Rigby, 25, as he left the barracks of the 2nd Battalion Princess of Wales Royal Regiment, in a car on Wednesday.

They then attempted to behead him in a suspected terrorist attack.

One of the suspects, carrying a meat cleaver and with bloodied hands told an onlooker who was filming at the time was “because David Cameron (the) British Government sent troops in Arabic country.”

Derbyshire Police and Crime Commisioner Alan Charles has also sent his sympathies to the family of Drummer Rigby, who was wearing a Help for Heroes tee-shirt when he was killed.

He said: “I think it was an awful murder and I send my deepest sympathies out to the family of the young soldier who has been killed.

“I think it demonstrates the risk that members of the armed forces put themselves into every day.”

Although Mr Charles said he was ‘concerned’ at the way the government has handled the aftermath of the killing.

He said: “The reaction to this has heightened tension, possibly unnecessarily.

“It would appear these individuals were acting as lone wolves - I think the way they have reacted has heightened community concerns about terrorist attacks unnecessarily.”

He added: “Derbyshire police will be monitoring any community tensions arising from this.

“But we have to be clear that the UK Muslim community have condemned this.”

Sgt Andy Phillips of Derbyshire Constabulary has reassured Belper residents that officers are remaining vigilant for any potential retaliatory attacks locally.

He said: “We are monitoring the situation tensions or activity. We do have a different community here to many urban areas.

“We will look to reassure people wherever possible.”