Sherwood MPs call for calm after terror attack

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The unnamed serving soldier was hacked to death in a terror attack by two Islamic extremists, one who has been named as Muslim convert Michael Adebolajo by security sources.

It is understood that Adebolajo, a Briton of Nigerian descent, comes from a devout Christian family but took up Islam after leaving college in 2001.

Both suspects were under armed guard in separate hospitals after being shot by police as Dispatch went to press.

“This was a brutal and horrific attack on the streets of a UK town,” said Mr Spencer. “We take great pride in our serving soldiers and it is difficult not to over-react to these recent events.

“But I think that within the passage of time, it will come to light that these are deranged individuals with mental illnesses who have been exploited by radicalists.”

These views were mirrored by Mr Allen who moved to reassure his constituents.

“I don’t believe that these two suspects are part of some deep international plot but two deranged individuals who have committed a criminal act of murder.

“It is easy to render a lot from the events but the public should not feel overly anxious as it isn’t on the scale of some of the tragic events in the past - appalling though it is.”

Mr Spencer added that the tragic murder highlighted the need for vigilance within our communities.

“We all need to realise that these things happen under our noses,” said Mr Spencer. “We should be more aware of what is happening within our streets and neighbourhoods.

“Nobody likes nosey neighbours, but we have to take more of an interest in what is going on in our communities and challenge and report suspicious activity.

“The police would rather investigate and find out nothing is wrong than not have the opportunity to look into something that may be sinister.”

But Mr Spencer and Mr Graham agreed that the public shouldn’t overeact to what’s happened in London in order to keep terrorists in their place. “It’s important that we understand the Islamic faith and recognise that they are gentle, peace-loving people as I found out when I recently visited the mosque in Hucknall and met with its leaders and worshippers,” said Mr Spencer. “They fear incidents like this as it paints the Islam faith in a bad light.

“But there are bad people in all faiths and I believe this will be simply the case in this tragic incident.”