‘Angel of Woolwich’ detained under Mental Health Act

25th Jul 2014

[Loyau-Kennett, was also questioned over an allegation of ‘verbal racial abuse’ in a Tesco pharmacy in Helston, Cornwall on June 27]

Jennifer G Andrade

A woman who was 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 on July 30 after police were called to an address in Helston, Cornwall over concerns for the welfare of a woman.

Loyau-Kennett, was also questioned over an allegation of  ‘verbal racial abuse’ in a  Tesco pharmacy in Helston, Cornwall on June 27.

Loyau- Kennett was praised by the Prime Minister for calmly conversing with armed Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale, distracting them, by questioning them, after Fusilier Rigby, 25, was killed near his barracks in Woolwich, London, in May last year. Loyau-Kennett was said to have had an argument with a black pharmacist as customers observed and watched. It is claimed that she told the staff member he should not be allowed in England and should be working in Nigeria.

Security guards were called and she was moved out of the building. A Tesco spokesman said “We are aware of an incident which took place at our Helston store. Colleagues at the store are helping the police with their inquiries.”

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