Seven years ago today, May 22, 2013 had been just a normal day in the News Shopper newsroom.

In the morning we had been covering our usual mix of news, from a noisy dog to two new schools set to open.

Then the day took a dramatic and terrifying turn and it quickly became a day like no other.


It was just before 3pm when reports about a shooting in Woolwich came in.

A reporter was sent to the scene as it appeared something big may have happened - but the true horror of what was actually going on only began to emerge shortly afterwards.


It was just after 3.30pm when a Met Police spokesman said officers were called to an “assault” on the street in Woolwich.

Disturbing rumours began circulating online, and things took a darker turn when News Shopper spoke to a witness.

The man said: “I heard they were trying to behead someone and were shot by police.”


After 4pm a graphic tweet from Boya Dee said they had seen a man “with his head chopped off right in front of my eyes”.

Soon photos flooded social media of two bloodied men armed with knives and a cleaver.


At 4.36pm news about what happened became clearer after the London Ambulance Service confirmed one man was pronounced dead at the scene.

The spokeswoman added that two other men, who we later learned were responsible for the murder, were taken to hospital.


It was after 5pm when we discovered more about the murdered victim.

Woolwich and Greenwich MP Nick Raynsford said he understood the victim was a serving soldier (later identified as Fusilier Lee Rigby) and the two men taken to hospital were the suspected killers.

The manager of Mann Food and Wine shop in Frances Street then said a car was used to run down the victim before “they got out and butchered him”.

The brutal attack took place 200 yards from the Royal Artillery Barracks, and at 5.45pm News Shopper reported the incident was being treated as a terrorist attack.


At 7pm a video emerged of a man with bloodied hands who said: “I apologise that women had to witness this today but in our land our women have to see the same.

“You people will never be safe. Remove your governments, they don’t care about you.”

Just before 8pm News Shopper wrapped up its live blog before more horrific details emerged over the next few days.

Later it was confirmed the killers were wounded by police gunshots before they were treated in hospital.

It is now seven years since the murder of 25-year-old Mr Rigby, who was off-duty when he was attacked.

Lee Rigby 

In December 2013 Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale were found guilty of murder and were charged to life imprisonment and a minimum of 45 years respectively.