UK & World News

  • 19 December 2013, 14:23

Woolwich Killer 'Abused Soldiers At Olympics'

Woolwich killer Michael Adebowale openly abused soldiers in the street as they worked at London's Olympic Games, police say.

Both he and Adebolajo were regular street preachers around southeast London and also took part in bigger demonstrations with other Muslims.

Adebowale's small group of preachers regularly set up in the centre of Greenwich on a pavement close to the Cutty Sark.

Local police officers told Sky News that during the Olympics they received complaints that Adebowale's group were targeting soldiers and sailors staying on HMS Ocean.

The vessel was berthed just metres from Adebowale's family home at Macey House on Thames Street, Greenwich.

The police officer said: "The group used to turn up every couple of months with a table and they would give out leaflets.

"But during the Olympics they began shouting abuse at the soldiers and sailors who were guarding the park."

Many of the equestrian events at the games were staged at nearby Greenwich Park.

A 25-year-old sweet shop worker who lives on the same Eastney Street estate where Adebowale stayed with his girlfriend said: "I saw him trying to get everyone to take his leaflets.

"He was shouting about rape, saying 'Stop causing rape' to everyone.

"I was shaking my head saying: 'What are you saying?'

"I know that one day he got arrested by the police for shouting abuse at people."

Retail assistant Aneesh Edakkavil told Sky News in May that the police came to his souvenir shop to look at the CCTV after the incident.

The former Indian Army soldier said: "One of them was arrested outside the shop."

He added: "The police came to see me after the Olympics to gather the evidence.

"Unfortunately, the CCTV camera did not cover the area where they were shouting out so they couldn't find anything."

Sky News also revealed in May how Adebowale was reported to the police for grooming a 12-year-old schoolboy into Islamic extremism.

A local trader, who did not wish to be named, told how he watched Adebowale brainwash the child with speeches against Britain.

The shopkeeper was later told by police that Adebowale was being monitored by security services.

:: Watch Sky News live on television, on Sky channel 501, Virgin Media channel 602, Freeview channel 82 and Freesat channel 202.

Advertisement