RUMOURS were spread online after it was claimed that a Lee Rigby memorial was due to be removed.
The unofficial memorial plaque honouring the memory of Lee Rigby placed by 5 wishes will stay, Greenwich Council said.
“Over the weekend a member of the public replaced a paving slab by the site of Fusilier Rigby’s murder with a memorial stone, Rumours are circulating on social media that we are planning to remove that memorial this week – these rumours are not true.” said the Council.
Well-wishers of Mr Rigby were left in angry when false rumours were spread claiming that the local council had plans to remove the tribute.
The council has issued a statement and said that they have no plans to alter or remove the memorial.
“Recently a memorial stone was laid where British soldier Lee Rigby was brutally murdered by terrorist scum in Greenwich South London.
“The stone is harming nobody, yet Greenwich council have decided to remove it.” said one post.
Another wrote: “Greenwich Council threatening to remove [the] Lee Rigby memorial stone – a man murdered on the streets of Britain who served in the army protecting our freedoms. DISGUSTING”
The council, however, have said this is not true and also pointed out there was an existing memorial for Mr Rigby.
Greenwich Council leader, Councillor Danny Thorpe said: “The Royal Borough of Greenwich installed a permanent local memorial to Fusilier Lee Rigby in 2015 in accordance with the wishes of his family and the families of other soldiers and civilians who had died as a result of conflict.
“That memorial is at St George’s Garrison Church in Woolwich, opposite Woolwich Barracks, in a serene location where people can pay their respects in line with the wishes of his family.
“Over the weekend a member of the public replaced a paving slab by the site of Fusilier Rigby’s murder with a memorial stone.
“Rumours are circulating on social media that we are planning to remove that memorial this week – these rumours are not true.