RIPLEY: Hundreds pay tribute to killed soldier

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Hundreds of people have offered words of support to the family of the soldier who was killed in Woolwich through a condolence book in Ripley.

More than 200 people have signed the book at Amber Valley Borough Council’s headquarters in memory of Drummer Lee Rigby and several folk have left flowers, flags and touching messages outside town hall.

The tribute was organised by the Ripley branch of the Royal British Legion – and its members intend to present the book to Drummer Rigby’s family.

Branch chairman Dean Fowler said: “The public response has been wonderful.

“It’s a fitting way of saying how we are behind our troops and will always continue to be.”

Mr Fowler said he believes the Government handled the death of Drummer Rigby badly by immediately labelling it a terrorist attack – adding that he felt David Cameron should not have taken a holiday to Ibiza in the aftermath of the incident.

The book of condolence is available for anyone to sign in the reception of the council’s headquarters on Market Place.

Two men have been charged with the murder of 25-year-old Drummer Rigby.