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A LEADING local politician has urged people to stay united after the murder of a soldier in Woolwich.

Cllr Roy Perry, the leader of Hampshire County Council issued his plea days after the killing of Drummer Lee Rigby of the 2nd Battalion the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers.

Cllr Perry: ‘I know from my many good contacts with Muslims in Hampshire formed since we created the Interfaith Network, that they are just as appalled as people of all other faiths at the terrible murder of the young serviceman in Woolwich.

‘Sadly, all religions, including Christianity, have people who distort their faith and do unacceptable things supposedly in the name of their religion as we saw in Northern Ireland for instance.

‘I’m confident the good and peaceful inter-community relations we have in Hampshire and which we have worked collectively to achieve, means this appalling incident will not detract from the peace and harmony we enjoy.

‘I thank our local Imams for their leadership and their clear statements of condemnation of the perpetrators of this act.’

Two suspects were shot and arrested at the scene and remain in police custody.