Lee Rigby’s parents to take part in Panorama special tonight

Watch a clip from the programme which sees the parents of the murdered soldier speak out following the conviction of two men for his murder in Woolwich in May

BBC1 is to air a Panorama special tonight, following the guilty verdicts handed down to the two men who killed Army Drummer Lee Rigby.


Journalist Peter Taylor has spoken to Lee Rigby’s mother, Lyn Rigby, and her partner Ian for the programme called Woolwich: The Untold Story, to be broadcast at 10:35pm.

In the interview, Lyn speaks of her feelings about the two men who were convicted of her son’s murder.

“I don’t think they should be able to come out and walk on the streets again,” she says.

“I wouldn’t wish any anybody, whoever they are, to go through the same pain of what they put Lee through. What they put the family through, having to sit and watch what they did to our Lee.”

Ian Rigby said: “You’d love to say you’d like to see the same thing happen to them as what they’d done, but in this country, you live in a democracy and you believe in the justice of this country.”  

In the programme Lyn also recalls how Lee would regularly keep in touch with his family to let them know that he was safe, and she reflects on the day of his death.

“He did say once, they’d just had a bullet fly past them and it’d missed him by inches,” she says.

Taylor has also spoken with Drummer Owein O’Brien, Lee Rigby’s best friend and colleague, who recalls how they came under attack several times during their service in Afghanistan.

Michael Adebowale and Michael Adebolajo were today found guilty of the murder of Lee Rigby in Woolwich on May 22 this year.