New Zealand Herald — July 3, 2014
A UK woman dubbed the “Angel of Woolwich” for confronting the killers of soldier Lee Rigby has been detained under the Mental Health Act.
Ingrid Loyau-Kennett, 49, was praised by Prime Minister David Cameron for her actions shortly after Fusilier Rigby, 25, was killed near his barracks in Woolwich, London, in May last year.
But it is understood she was detained yesterday after police were called to an address in Cornwall over concerns for the welfare of a woman.
Police said a 49-year-old woman had been detained under the Mental Health Act.
“She was detained at about 4.20pm and conveyed to the Royal Cornwall Hospital and released into the care of the NHS.”
Loyau-Kennett was under investigation following claims a Tesco supermarket worker was racially abused at a store in the town last Friday.
“We are aware of an incident which took place at our Helston store on Friday,” a Tesco spokesman said.
“Colleagues at the store are helping the police with their inquiries.”
Loyau-Kennett received national acclaim for calmly talking to armed Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale after they murdered Fusilier Rigby in the street.
On the first anniversary of the killing, Loyau-Kennett spoke at the scene where she checked Fusilier Rigby’s pulse and confronted Adebowale.
“It has been a waste of three lives and, of course, a year on I still think about Lee Rigby’s mother losing a son,” she said.
“It’s a tragedy. I don’t have flashbacks, but I have been very emotional lately.
“This street looks like a normal street now, but I can still see the body, see the crashed car and see the bloodied hands.”
Adebolajo, 29, was given a whole life sentence, and Adebowale, 22, told he must serve a minimum of 45 years’ imprisonment at the Old Bailey in February.
Comment — July 3, 2014
There have been many who thought the Woolwich killings had the look of a staged “terror event” intended to manipulate public opinion. Apart from a growing list of inconsistencies involved in the event (see links below) it always struck me as odd that someone who had just witnessed a gruesome beheading should confront the perpetrators as calmly as Loyau-Kennett did.
Unless, of course, she knew it was staged.
That being the case, the ideal participants would be those with mental health issues who could then be dismissed as being “mentally disturbed” should they decide to reveal what really happened.
At the time there were those among local police and municipal workers who noted odd incongruities such as these comments from a Woolwich police officer reported at the time by Aangirfan:
“I asked the on-site police officer in our school:
“I bet your briefing this morning at the station was an intense one.
“Officer: I was expecting exactly that, but it was just too odd. I asked why there’s no briefing, believing we’d be told which streets to be in and what to look out for, but no. Nothing. It was as if it hadn’t happened.
“‘In fact, the skipper said ‘it didn’t happen.’
“He told me he didn’t recognise any of the officers on his own patch at the scene either nor any of the members of the public, despite always seeing the same people.”