West Yorkshire vicar “sickened” by news of solider’s killing

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By Leeds Northern reporters

Tributes have been pouring in from communities in West Yorkshire for the soldier who was hacked to death in a terrorist attack in Woolwich.

Drummer Lee Rigby, 25, was married to Rebecca Metcalfe from Southowram, who formerly worked as a recruitment consultant for Leeds-based firm Hays Construction and Property.

They were married at St Anne-in-the-Grove Church, Southowram, in September 2007. They are thought to have separated but have a two-year-old son Jack.

Father Guy Jamieson, who conducted Drummer Rigby’s marriage ceremony, commented on the death: “It’s a combination of feeling sickened and a whole wealth of other emotion really.

“I think most of us are still coming to terms with the manner of the killing.

“We hear a lot about military tragedies overseas but the fact that it was in the street in a city makes it more horrific.”

Drummer Rigby married Southowram girl Rebecca Metcalfe at St Anne-in-the-Grove Church

Drummer Rigby married Southowram girl Rebecca Metcalfe at St Anne-in-the-Grove Church

Fr Jamieson extended his condolences to Drummer Rigby’s loved ones on behalf of the parish.

He said he met the couple of four or five occasions and remembers Drummer Rigby being nervously excited on the morning of the wedding.

“Everyone will no doubt feel a lump in their throat at this news,” he said.

“You just feel terribly sad about it.

“I’d like to extend the sorrow of the people of St Anne’s to his immediate family, friends and military colleagues.

“This is an absolute tragedy.”

Halifax tweeter Kris Reidy said: “Can’t actually believe there [sic] from Halifax, the place I live, I can’t put into words how horrible this is.”

Halifax MP, Linda Riordan also paid tribute on Twitter: “My thoughts today are with the family, friends and loved ones of Lee Rigby. Halifax people and communities in shock and grief.”

Helena Green tweeted: “Can’t believe it’s Becky’s husband. Thoughts go out to the family. What a sick, sick world we live in.. R.I.P.”

Blaithroyd Lane, where Ms Metcalfe’s family live, was cordoned off with police officers standing guard today.

Blaithroyd Lane in Southowram

Blaithroyd Lane in Southowram

Lee Rigby was victim of a savage attack by two assailants armed with knives and meat cleavers in south east London on Wednesday.

The two suspects, who were known to security services, were under arrest in separate hospitals after being shot by police.

One of the two men has been identified as Michael Adeboloja, a 28-year-old Londoner of Nigerian descent.

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