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Hounslow soldiers 'on alert over threat of copycat Lee Rigby-style killings'

Reports suggest soldiers at Hounslow Cavalry Barracks have been warned not to wear uniforms in public due to suspected plot by extremists in the area

Michael Adebolajo is awaiting sentencing for the murder of Lee Rigby

Police have reportedly stepped up patrols around Hounslow Cavalry Barracks amid concerns extremists are plotting a copycat Lee Rigby-style killing.

Counter-terror officers have warned soldiers at the military base in Beavers Lane, Hounslow, to be alert as the British soldier's murderers await sentencing this week.

Members of the Welsh Guards were told to avoid drawing attention to their army status by wearing their uniform in nearby pubs or Hounslow High Street, according to a report in the Mirror today , after intelligence suggested fanatics in the area supported Mr Rigby's killing.

Neither the police nor the Army would comment directly on the reports or what security measures have been taken.

However, a police spokeswoman said: "We work very closely with our colleagues in the military to ensure appropriate protective security measures are in place and that intelligence is exchanged, monitored and responded to."

Mr Rigby, who served for two years in Hounslow , was killed near the Royal Artillery Barracks in Woolwich last May.

Michael Adebolajo, 29, and Michael Adebowale, 22, said they carried out the horrific attack in revenge for the Army killing Muslims. They were both found guilty of his murder and are due to be sentenced this Wednesday.

The possible threat to soldiers at Cavalry Barracks have left nearby residents disgusted.


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