HARTLEPOOL residents have left their own touching tribute messages to brave Drummer Lee Rigby who was brutally hacked to death in the street.
The nation was in shock last week after the 25-year-old dad-of-one from Crumpsall, in Manchester, was repeatedly stabbed by knife-wielding fanatics in broad daylight in Woolwich.
And flowers and messages have now been left at Hartlepool War Memorial, in Victory Square, as people in the town pay their respects to the “hero” who lost his life in the atrocity.
One anonymous message left at the memorial, reads: “RIP Drummer Rigby. Let’s all strive to bring peace to our land and stop all needless killings.
“Give peace a chance.”
Another simply says: “To a brave soldier, Drummer Lee Rigby.
“RIP, you’re a true hero!”
As shocked residents in Hartlepool and across the country continue to pay tribute to Drummer Rigby, who was described by his family as a “brother to everyone”, one of the murder suspects was kept in custody after being discharged from hospital.
Michael Adebowale, 22, and Michael Adebolajo, 28, were both shot and injured at the scene after the barbaric murder of Drummer Rigby last Wednesday and taken to separate hospitals in the area.
Mr Adebowale has also been formally arrested on suspicion of the attempted murder of a police officer.
Both men are Britons of Nigerian descent who are understood to have converted to Islam.
Mr Adebolajo’s shocked family have expressed their “horror at the senseless killing” and sent their heartfelt condolences to the Drummer Rigby’s family.
Ten people have been arrested in connection with the attack over the last week.
Hartlepool MP Iain Wright described the people who killed Drummer Rigby as “sick individuals” with “depraved, extreme views”.
He told the Mail: “No religion would advocate this sort of barbaric act.
“These are the depraved, extreme views of sick individuals and those who have extreme views of that nature can never be allowed to win.”
Mr Wright also called for the country to pay tribute to Drummer Rigby at National Armed Forces Day on June 29.