Woolwich terror attack: Lee Rigby murder suspect Michael Adebolajo beaten up in jail


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One of the men accused of murdering Fusilier Lee Rigby outside Woolwich Barracks has been attacked in prison.

Michael Adebolajo, 28, of Romford, Essex, was set upon at HMP Belmarsh in south-east London on Wednesday.

It is understood that he lost his two front teeth in the attack, but no arrests have yet been made. The Prison Service refused to comment on the extent of his injuries or on suggestions that he had been “targeted” by prison officers.

A spokeswoman said: “The police are investing an incident that took place at HMP Belmarsh on 17 July. It would be inappropriate to comment while the investigation was ongoing.”

Mr Adebolajo, together with Michael Adebowale, 22, is accused of hacking Fusilier Rigby to death, near Woolwich Barracks on 22  May. The two men are expected to stand trial on 18 November.Mr Adebolajo is also accused of the attempted murder of two police officers and possession of a firearm with intent to cause others to believe that violence would be used.

Thousands of people paid their respects at the scene of Fusilier Rigby’s death. But despite pleas from police and the soldier’s family for his death not to be used for political gain, there have also been several clashes between rival protesters.