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Woolwich 'hero' Ingrid warned by police after altercation with youths

By Jo_Wood  |  Posted: October 23, 2013

Woolwich 'hero' Ingrid threatened with arrest after altercation with youths

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HELSTON heroine Ingrid Loyau-Kennett has been warned against breaching the peace by police following an argument at her home.

Dubbed one of the ‘Angels of Woolwich’, she has been fêted for her bravery in relation to the death of Drummer Lee Rigby on May 22 but is at the centre of a long-running dispute on the Bulwark Road estate, claiming she has been the target of vandalism and abuse for three years.

Tensions spilled over on Monday after she confronted three youths.

Neighbours told the West Briton Mrs Loyau-Kennett first complained about children playing in the communal area in front of the houses. She has also opposed the installing of new play equipment.

Mrs Loyau-Kennett, who is half-French, said: “You know they call me ‘that Polish woman’, because of my accent.

“They’ve never liked me ever since I moved in. The kids bang on the door and I’ve had eggs and stones thrown at the house.

“Before all the publicity from Woolwich it was happening about once a week but now it’s every day.”

Confronting the three teenagers, she said, her neighbours came out and there was an altercation.

Mrs Loyau-Kennett called the police and when officers arrived she was told to calm down.

She said an officer put his foot in the way as she tried to close her door and held her arm tightly.

“He twisted my wrist and told me not to break the peace.

“I tried to tell him that I was the victim.”

The police said they had given advice to a woman in Bulwark Road about her behaviour.

A police spokesman said: “We are aware of tensions on the estate and are stepping up patrols with a visible police presence.”

Mrs Loyau-Kennett was an honoured guest at the Women of the Year Lunch and Awards Ceremony in London.

Only women who have carried out extraordinary acts are invited to the ceremony, which was established in 1955.

She had been due to receive a Pride of Britain award and appear on national TV, but organisers withdrew the award at the last minute because of a possible conflict with an active court case involving murder charges over the death of Drummer Rigby.

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  • mnsw1234  |  October 24 2013, 12:17AM

    "We overuse the word "hero" to such an extent that it doesn't really mean anything anymore. According to common parlance, almost nobody isn't a hero. It mirrors the classic injunction that "saying that everyone is special is another way of saying that no one is." But, it's a big word, hero. It used to be historic, epic, legendary." by Nicholas Claimont. The story about Mrs Loyou-Kennett is an excellant example of the overuse of this word 'hero'. At one time, it was a very meaningful word. The press have sensationalised and made a heroine of a lady, who in reality, it would seem, terrorises her neighbours and the local children and is well-known to the police for doing so.

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  • loopy12  |  October 23 2013, 4:46PM

    just want to add here- that i absolutely wish no harm/offence by my comments, and feel saddened that ms Loyau-Kennett has been a victim- as many houses up here have in the past- But the best way to deal with this is as a community- this would reduce individuals being targeted and allow a strong presence of showing the minority of those who exhibit anti-social behaviours that this is not welcome up here. No matter what peoples individual opinions are- no-one deserves to live in fear that they are a target, and i hope that ms kennett seeks further support within the community group- which also has support from the police.

  • Bobabob  |  October 23 2013, 3:46PM

    Pity the police didn't give the youths some 'advice'.

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