By Daniel Johnson and James Edgar

Mourners gathered tonight to pay their respects to the soldier killed in the brutal terrorist attack in London yesterday.

Around a dozen sat in silence in St Mary Magdalene Parish Church, Woolwich, offering their prayers for Drummer Lee Rigby, 25, of Middleton, Greater Manchester.

The Rt Revd Christopher Chessun, Bishop of Southwark, said he had come to show “solidarity” with members of all faiths shocked by the “horrifying” murder.

The Bishop said: “The event has of course traumatised many people locally, and indeed across the whole nation, because of the horrifying nature of this event.

“The community has rallied together, and shown that sense of solidarity, of people of good will uniting together.

 

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By Neil Lancefield, Alex Diaz and Daniel Johnson

Two men have been arrested after separate attacks on mosques following the terrorist incident in Woolwich.

A 43-year-old man is in custody on suspicion of attempted arson after reportedly walking into a mosque with a knife in Braintree, Essex.

Local MP Brooks Newmark tweeted last night: “Local mosque in Braintree attacked by man with knives and incendiary device. Man arrested. No one injured.”

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By Daniel Johnson

The Queen hosted the first Buckingham Palace garden party of the summer today for Olympians, Paralympians and London 2012 officials.

The Duchess of Cambridge, seven months pregnant, joined the Queen along with the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall, and the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester.

Kate attended her first garden party last year, and for this afternoon’s event could be seen wearing a lemon Emilia Wickstead coat.

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By Daniel Johnson

A servant in the Queen’s household was awarded the Royal Victorian Medal (Gold) for 60 years of continuous service.

Patrick Carroll, 84, has worked in the Queen’s household since two months before her coronation in June 1953 and received the award in a private audience with the Queen at Buckingham Palace.

Mr Carroll, who was working as a palace messenger on the day of the Queen’s coronation in June 1953, said receiving the award was an “honour”. “

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By Daniel Johnson

The family of a military police officer who was found hanged after accusing two colleagues of rape said today that the wait for the truth is “very frustrating”.

A fresh inquest into the death of Corporal Anne-Marie Ellement, 30, originally from Bournemouth, will start next February, a pre-inquest hearing at Wiltshire and Swindon Coroner’s Court in Salisbury heard.

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By Daniel Johnson

More than 4,000 birds have been killed or injured by a chemical spill in one of the worst UK marine pollution incidents in recent memory, campaigners said today.

A coalition of conservationists and animal welfare charities, along with the UK Chamber of Shipping, have joined forces to call for an urgent review of the hazard classification status of polyisobutene (PIB).

The chemical has caused “carnage” for birds in the English Channel, coating their plumage, restricting their movement and preventing them from feeding, the campaigners said.

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