'Angel of Woolwich' is detained under mental health act

Ingrid Loyau-Kennett at the scene in Woolwich Image copyright Reuters
Image caption Ingrid Loyau-Kennett spoke to the killers of Lee Rigby at the scene

A woman dubbed the "Angel of Woolwich" for confronting one of the killers of soldier Lee Rigby has been detained under the Mental Health Act.

Ingrid Loyau-Kennett, 49, from Helston in Cornwall, was praised by the prime minister for her actions shortly after the attack on Fusilier Rigby last year.

She had been under investigation after claims a Tesco worker was racially abused in the town on Friday.

A Devon and Cornwall Police spokesman said she was detained on Monday.

A Tesco spokesman said they were aware of an incident which took place in the Helston store on Friday.

'Waste of lives'

Fusilier Rigby, 25, from Middleton in Greater Manchester, was killed near his barracks in Woolwich, London, in May 2013.

On the first anniversary of the killing, Ms Loyau-Kennett spoke at the scene where she checked Fusilier Rigby's pulse and confronted Michael Adebowale.

She said: "It has been a waste of three lives and, of course, a year on I still think about Lee Rigby's mother losing a son.

"It's a tragedy. I don't have flashbacks but I have been very emotional lately."

Michael Adebolajo, 29, was given a whole life sentence, and Adebowale, 22, told he must serve a minimum of 45 years' imprisonment at the Old Bailey in February.

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