Row over letter to family of Lee Rigby

Drummer Lee Rigby
Drummer Lee Rigby

A request by an Ulster Unionist councillor to send a letter of sympathy to the family of soldier Lee Rigby, who was murdered on a busy London street, last night caused controversy at Limavady Council.

UUP councillor Edwin Stevenson made the request but Ann Brolly of Sinn Fein said while what happened was “barbaric”, it needed to be kept in perspective. She asked would council be sending letters to everyone who was killed throughout the UK?

Edwin Stevenson said that he was disappointed.

He had also proposed a minute’s silence at the start of last night’s AGM.

SDLP councillor Michael Coyle said that the murder had touched everyone because of the brutal way it had been carried out.

He said he would support the motion for the minute’s silence and letter but was glad that a book of condolences was not being opened.

It was agreed that councillors stand for a minute’s silence and send a letter to the family of the murdered soldier.