Woolwich murder: Second man named day after Michael Adebolajo, of Romford, revealed as ranting extremist

Stills from video footage of Michael Adebowale after the murder of Lee Rigby in Woolwich. Credit ITV

Stills from video footage of Michael Adebowale after the murder of Lee Rigby in Woolwich. Credit ITV News. - Credit: Archant

Dramatic footage showing the two Woolwich killing suspects charging at police before being shot has emerged as the second of the pair is named.

Drummer Lee Rigby. Picture: MOD

Drummer Lee Rigby. Picture: MOD - Credit: Archant

Michael Adebolajo, 28, who grew up in Romford, was named yesterday as the ranting blood-soaked fanatic in video footage taken soon after Drummer Lee Rigby was murdered.

The second suspect (in brown coat). Picture: Twitter/@dannymckiernan

The second suspect (in brown coat). Picture: Twitter/@dannymckiernan - Credit: Archant

Reports have today named Michael Oluwatobi Adebowale, of Greenwich, as the second man caught on film after the attack.

A 'fast-paced' police investigation is under way according to the Met. Picture: Gareth Fuller/PA Wir

A 'fast-paced' police investigation is under way according to the Met. Picture: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire - Credit: PA

Detectives are also to question two further people arrested over the atrocity.

Floral tributes being laid outside Woolwich barracks. Charity Help for Heroes' website has crashed a

Floral tributes being laid outside Woolwich barracks. Charity Help for Heroes' website has crashed as donations have poured in. Picture: Max Nash/PA Wire - Credit: PA

Lee, 25, has been described by family and friends as a loving family man who always wanted to serve in the Army.


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A man and a woman, both 29, were arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to murder during the investigation into the death of the soldier, who was run over by a car and hacked to death in broad daylight in Woolwich.

In the new footage, obtained by the Daily Mirror, Adebolajo and Adebowale can be seen brandishing weapons as they confronted officers following the brutal killing.

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The are seen walking along a footpath before one splinters off and runs at full speed towards a marked police car, dropping a bladed weapon as a voice shouts orders to him to “drop it”.

Just inches before the man reaches the car, officers fire two shoots as the get out of the vehicle, and the man spins away and falls to the ground.

The second man sidles along a fence on the footpath, pointing what appears to be a gun at the officers, who then surround him.

Four more shots ring out, felling the second man, and another two shots are also fired as the men lie on the floor - eight shots in total.

Screams can be heard as the men are filmed on the ground and the officers swarm around the pair. One of the officers appears to drop a Taser stun gun and attempt to draw a weapon as they detain them.

The family of Drummer Rigby paid tribute to him.

“Lee was lovely,” the statement said. “He would do anything for anybody, he always looked after his sisters and always protected them. He took a ‘big brother’ role with everyone.

“All he wanted to do from when he was a little boy, was be in the Army.

“He wanted to live life and enjoy himself. His family meant everything to him. He was a loving son, husband, father, brother, and uncle, and a friend to many.

“We ask that our privacy be respected at this difficult time.”

Six homes have been searched as part of the investigation, one in Harold Hill, three in south London,, one in north London and one in Saxilby, Lincolnshire, the former home of Adebolajo.

Meanwhile donations to Help for Heroes have poured in, crashing the charity’s website. Drummer Rigby was reportedly wearing a Help for Heroes t-shirt when he was attacked.

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