Lee Rigby memorial campaign rejected by Greenwich Council despite nearly 12,000 people backing it online.

Campaigners including Lee’s mum Lyn wanted it near the spot where the fusilier was hacked to death close to Woolwich Barracks, South East London

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Tragedy: Lee Rigby

A campaign for a memorial to murdered soldier Lee Rigby has been rejected.

The local council kicked it out despite nearly 12,000 people backing it online.

Campaigners including Lee’s mum Lyn wanted it near the spot where the fusilier , 25, was hacked to death close to Woolwich Barracks, South East London.

Greenwich Council said it would only consider requests made through the Army.

Campaign leader Lorna Taylor, whose son served with Lee, said: “I’m gutted.

“I did not sleep last night. To blatantly disregard it with no real reason is beyond me.

“I won’t give up. This is not something the council can turn its back on.”

She added: “It could have been my son who was murdered that day.

“Lee and Luke were friends and served on tour together in Cyprus and Afghanistan. They used to walk to Woolwich barracks together.

“Lee was the epitome of righteousness. He was a gorgeous boy. Everything he stood for, it breaks my heart.

“I don’t like to think what happened that day but it’s important to honour our soldiers.”


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