Generous Norwich shoppers donate hundreds of pounds in memory of soldier murdered in Woolwich

Fundraiser Richard Anderson collecting money in memory of Drummer Lee Rigby outside Castle Mall in N

Fundraiser Richard Anderson collecting money in memory of Drummer Lee Rigby outside Castle Mall in Norwich. - Credit: Archant

A fundraiser collecting money in memory of the soldier brutally murdered in south-east London has hailed the 'amazing' generosity of shoppers in the city who have contributed hundreds of pounds.

Drummer Lee Rigby, the father of a two-year-old boy, was hacked to death near Woolwich barracks in front of dozens of people on Wednesday afternoon.

The murder, which has shocked a nation, prompted Richard Anderson, a fundraiser for the Royal Anglian Regiment, to collect money for the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, who the tragic 25-year-old soldier served with.

Mr Anderson, 48, from Cringleford, stood outside Norwich's Castle Mall shopping centre with a picture of Drummer Rigby from 9am today and estimates he raised about £500 in just a few hours.

The fundraiser, who was out yesterday and will be collecting throughought next week, said: 'It's amazing. I've had more in the past couple of days than I have for the Royal Anglian Regiment in the whole of the month.'


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He added: 'It's something that really binds people together.'

Yesterday Rebecca Rigby, the murdered soldier's wife, said he had many times before walked safely down the street in Woolwich where he was attacked.

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Two women, aged 29 and 31, arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to murder, have been released without charge, but a man, 29, remains in custody.

Murder suspects Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale remain in hospital.

Shortly after the killing, 28-year-old Mr Adebolajo was filmed by a passer-by saying he had carried out the attack because British soldiers killed Muslims every day.

Armed police arrived on the scene and shot the two suspects, who had made no attempt to flee.

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