Hither Green house searched in Lee Rigby murder inquiry

Met Police Counter Terrorism Command. Pic: Met Police

Met Police Counter Terrorism Command. Pic: Met Police

A house in Hither Green, in Lewisham,  was raided and searched on Bank Holiday Monday and a man, 50, arrested in Welling as the number of arrests in the Metropolitan Police inquiry into the murder of soldier Lee Rigby in Woolwich reached 10.

Around 500 officers from the Metropolitan Police Counter Terrorism Command, supported by national counter-terrorism officers and the Security Service, “continue to work tirelessly and painstakingly to uncover the full circumstances relating to the murder,” said police.

Many of those arrested have been released from custody on police bail pending further inquiries. This is the case with the 22-year-old man arrested in north London on Sunday.

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Meanwhile tensions between far right and “anti-fascist” groups are increasing. Thirteen arrests were made after protests in central London on Monday.

More than 1,000 EDL demonstrators, some chanting “there’s only one Lee Rigby,” were confronted by a smaller counter-demonstration near Downing Street.

The Home Office, national police forces and the Security Service are concerned that as their unprecedented inquiry into the Woolwich events continues, a backlash by extremists could generate public order problems.

The BNP plans a march in Woolwich next Saturday. Two war memorials in central London were desecrated with graffiti, Mosques and Islamic centres are being subjected to vandalism and reports of Islamophobic incidents are rising.

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