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English Defence League leader Tommy Robinson (left) with EDL supporters outside The Queens Arms pub in Woolwich following the death of a man, believed to be a serving soldier, who was butchered in broad daylight  near the Royal Artillery Barracks in Woolwich

English Defence League leader Tommy Robinson (left) with EDL supporters outside The Queens Arms pub in Woolwich following the death of a man, believed to be a serving soldier, who was butchered in broad daylight near the Royal Artillery Barracks in Woolwich

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Suspects: Two men with knifes at scene of Woolwich attack

Suspects: Two men with knifes at scene of Woolwich attack

TV OUT.  INTERNET OUT. No cropping permitted. Picture must be credited to ITV. We are advised that videograbs should not be used more than 48 hours after the time of original transmission, without the consent of the copyright holder. Video grab taken from ITV News of a man holding weapons by the scene in John Wilson Street, Woolwich where a man was found murdered. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Wednesday May 22, 2013. A major police operation was launched today after two suspected terrorists murdered a man in the street in broad daylight. Eyewitnesses said the victim was hacked to death, with some suggesting his attackers tried to behead him, before charging at police when they arrived on the scene in Woolwich, south east London. See PA story POLICE Woolwich. Photo credit should read: ITV News/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This screengrab may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.

TV OUT. INTERNET OUT. No cropping permitted. Picture must be credited to ITV. We are advised that videograbs should not be used more than 48 hours after the time of original transmission, without the consent of the copyright holder. Video grab taken from ITV News of a man holding weapons by the scene in John Wilson Street, Woolwich where a man was found murdered. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Wednesday May 22, 2013. A major police operation was launched today after two suspected terrorists murdered a man in the street in broad daylight. Eyewitnesses said the victim was hacked to death, with some suggesting his attackers tried to behead him, before charging at police when they arrived on the scene in Woolwich, south east London. See PA story POLICE Woolwich. Photo credit should read: ITV News/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This screengrab may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.

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TV OUT.  INTERNET OUT. No cropping permitted. Picture must be credited to ITV. We are advised that videograbs should not be used more than 48 hours after the time of original transmission, without the consent of the copyright holder. Video grab taken from ITV News of a man holding weapons by the scene in John Wilson Street, Woolwich where a man was found murdered. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Wednesday May 22, 2013. A major police operation was launched today after two suspected terrorists murdered a man in the street in broad daylight. Eyewitnesses said the victim was hacked to death, with some suggesting his attackers tried to behead him, before charging at police when they arrived on the scene in Woolwich, south east London. See PA story POLICE Woolwich. Photo credit should read: ITV News/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This screengrab may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.

TV OUT. INTERNET OUT. No cropping permitted. Picture must be credited to ITV. We are advised that videograbs should not be used more than 48 hours after the time of original transmission, without the consent of the copyright holder. Video grab taken from ITV News of a man holding weapons by the scene in John Wilson Street, Woolwich where a man was found murdered. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Wednesday May 22, 2013. A major police operation was launched today after two suspected terrorists murdered a man in the street in broad daylight. Eyewitnesses said the victim was hacked to death, with some suggesting his attackers tried to behead him, before charging at police when they arrived on the scene in Woolwich, south east London. See PA story POLICE Woolwich. Photo credit should read: ITV News/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This screengrab may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.

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TV OUT.  INTERNET OUT. No cropping permitted. Picture must be credited to ITV. We are advised that videograbs should not be used more than 48 hours after the time of original transmission, without the consent of the copyright holder. Video grab taken from ITV News of a man holding weapons by the scene in John Wilson Street, Woolwich where a man was found murdered. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Wednesday May 22, 2013. A major police operation was launched today after two suspected terrorists murdered a man in the street in broad daylight. Eyewitnesses said the victim was hacked to death, with some suggesting his attackers tried to behead him, before charging at police when they arrived on the scene in Woolwich, south east London. See PA story POLICE Woolwich. Photo credit should read: ITV News/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This screengrab may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.

TV OUT. INTERNET OUT. No cropping permitted. Picture must be credited to ITV. We are advised that videograbs should not be used more than 48 hours after the time of original transmission, without the consent of the copyright holder. Video grab taken from ITV News of a man holding weapons by the scene in John Wilson Street, Woolwich where a man was found murdered. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Wednesday May 22, 2013. A major police operation was launched today after two suspected terrorists murdered a man in the street in broad daylight. Eyewitnesses said the victim was hacked to death, with some suggesting his attackers tried to behead him, before charging at police when they arrived on the scene in Woolwich, south east London. See PA story POLICE Woolwich. Photo credit should read: ITV News/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This screengrab may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.

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TV OUT.  INTERNET OUT. No cropping permitted. Picture must be credited to ITV. We are advised that videograbs should not be used more than 48 hours after the time of original transmission, without the consent of the copyright holder. Video grab taken from ITV News of two men being detained by police   by the scene in John Wilson Street, Woolwich where a man was found murdered. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Wednesday May 22, 2013. A major police operation was launched today after two suspected terrorists murdered a man in the street in broad daylight. Eyewitnesses said the victim was hacked to death, with some suggesting his attackers tried to behead him, before charging at police when they arrived on the scene in Woolwich, south east London. See PA story POLICE Woolwich. Photo credit should read: ITV News/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This screengrab may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.

TV OUT. INTERNET OUT. No cropping permitted. Picture must be credited to ITV. We are advised that videograbs should not be used more than 48 hours after the time of original transmission, without the consent of the copyright holder. Video grab taken from ITV News of two men being detained by police by the scene in John Wilson Street, Woolwich where a man was found murdered. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Wednesday May 22, 2013. A major police operation was launched today after two suspected terrorists murdered a man in the street in broad daylight. Eyewitnesses said the victim was hacked to death, with some suggesting his attackers tried to behead him, before charging at police when they arrived on the scene in Woolwich, south east London. See PA story POLICE Woolwich. Photo credit should read: ITV News/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This screengrab may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.

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TV OUT.  INTERNET OUT. No cropping permitted. Picture must be credited to ITV. We are advised that videograbs should not be used more than 48 hours after the time of original transmission, without the consent of the copyright holder. Video grab taken from ITV News of a man holding weapons by the scene in John Wilson Street, Woolwich where a man was found murdered. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Wednesday May 22, 2013. A major police operation was launched today after two suspected terrorists murdered a man in the street in broad daylight. Eyewitnesses said the victim was hacked to death, with some suggesting his attackers tried to behead him, before charging at police when they arrived on the scene in Woolwich, south east London. See PA story POLICE Woolwich. Photo credit should read: ITV News/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This screengrab may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.

TV OUT. INTERNET OUT. No cropping permitted. Picture must be credited to ITV. We are advised that videograbs should not be used more than 48 hours after the time of original transmission, without the consent of the copyright holder. Video grab taken from ITV News of a man holding weapons by the scene in John Wilson Street, Woolwich where a man was found murdered. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Wednesday May 22, 2013. A major police operation was launched today after two suspected terrorists murdered a man in the street in broad daylight. Eyewitnesses said the victim was hacked to death, with some suggesting his attackers tried to behead him, before charging at police when they arrived on the scene in Woolwich, south east London. See PA story POLICE Woolwich. Photo credit should read: ITV News/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This screengrab may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.

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Police activity close to the scene where a man was murdered in John Wilson Street, Woolwich. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday May 22, 2013. A major police operation was launched today after two suspected terrorists murdered a man in the street in broad daylight. Eyewitnesses said the victim was hacked to death, with some suggesting his attackers tried to behead him, before charging at police when they arrived on the scene in Woolwich, south east London. A local MP said the victim was believed to be a soldier. See PA story POLICE Woolwich. Photo credit should read: Nick Ansell/PA Wire

Police activity close to the scene where a man was murdered in John Wilson Street, Woolwich. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday May 22, 2013. A major police operation was launched today after two suspected terrorists murdered a man in the street in broad daylight. Eyewitnesses said the victim was hacked to death, with some suggesting his attackers tried to behead him, before charging at police when they arrived on the scene in Woolwich, south east London. A local MP said the victim was believed to be a soldier. See PA story POLICE Woolwich. Photo credit should read: Nick Ansell/PA Wire

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The Royal Artillery Barracks near the scene in Woolwich, south London where a man was killed and two others were taken to hospital with gunshot wounds following a "serious incident" understood to have involved a serving soldier. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday May 22, 2013. See PA story POLICE Woolwich. Photo credit should read: Nick Ansell/PA Wire

NUMBER PLATES PIXELATED BY REQUEST OF THE METROPOLITAN POLICE The Royal Artillery Barracks near the scene in Woolwich, south London where a man was killed and two others were taken to hospital with gunshot wounds following a "serious incident" understood to have involved a serving soldier. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday May 22, 2013. See PA story POLICE Woolwich. Photo credit should read: Nick Ansell/PA Wire

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The Royal Artillery Barracks near the scene in Woolwich, south London where a man was killed and two others were taken to hospital with gunshot wounds following a "serious incident" understood to have involved a serving soldier. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday May 22, 2013. See PA story POLICE Woolwich. Photo credit should read: Nick Ansell/PA Wire

The Royal Artillery Barracks near the scene in Woolwich, south London where a man was killed and two others were taken to hospital with gunshot wounds following a "serious incident" understood to have involved a serving soldier. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday May 22, 2013. See PA story POLICE Woolwich. Photo credit should read: Nick Ansell/PA Wire

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The closed road on Artillery Place near the scene in Woolwich, south London where a man was killed and two others were taken to hospital with gunshot wounds following a "serious incident" understood to have involved a serving soldier. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday May 22, 2013. See PA story POLICE Woolwich. Photo credit should read: Nick Ansell/PA Wire

The closed road on Artillery Place near the scene in Woolwich, south London where a man was killed and two others were taken to hospital with gunshot wounds following a "serious incident" understood to have involved a serving soldier. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday May 22, 2013. See PA story POLICE Woolwich. Photo credit should read: Nick Ansell/PA Wire

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The closed road on Artillery Place near the scene in Woolwich, south London where a man was killed and two others were taken to hospital with gunshot wounds following a "serious incident" understood to have involved a serving soldier. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday May 22, 2013. See PA story POLICE Woolwich. Photo credit should read: Nick Ansell/PA Wire

The closed road on Artillery Place near the scene in Woolwich, south London where a man was killed and two others were taken to hospital with gunshot wounds following a "serious incident" understood to have involved a serving soldier. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday May 22, 2013. See PA story POLICE Woolwich. Photo credit should read: Nick Ansell/PA Wire

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The closed road on Artillery Place near the scene in Woolwich, south London where a man was killed and two others were taken to hospital with gunshot wounds following a "serious incident" understood to have involved a serving soldier. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday May 22, 2013. See PA story POLICE Woolwich. Photo credit should read: Nick Ansell/PA Wire

The closed road on Artillery Place near the scene in Woolwich, south London where a man was killed and two others were taken to hospital with gunshot wounds following a "serious incident" understood to have involved a serving soldier. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday May 22, 2013. See PA story POLICE Woolwich. Photo credit should read: Nick Ansell/PA Wire

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Police activity close to the scene where a man was murdered in John Wilson Street, Woolwich. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday May 22, 2013. A major police operation was launched today after two suspected terrorists murdered a man in the street in broad daylight. Eyewitnesses said the victim was hacked to death, with some suggesting his attackers tried to behead him, before charging at police when they arrived on the scene in Woolwich, south east London. A local MP said the victim was believed to be a soldier. See PA story POLICE Woolwich. Photo credit should read: Nick Ansell/PA Wire

EDITORS NOTE NUMBER PLATE BY PA PICTURE DESK. Police activity close to the scene where a man was murdered in John Wilson Street, Woolwich. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday May 22, 2013. A major police operation was launched today after two suspected terrorists murdered a man in the street in broad daylight. Eyewitnesses said the victim was hacked to death, with some suggesting his attackers tried to behead him, before charging at police when they arrived on the scene in Woolwich, south east London. A local MP said the victim was believed to be a soldier. See PA story POLICE Woolwich. Photo credit should read: Nick Ansell/PA Wire

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The closed road on Artillery Place near the scene in Woolwich, south London where a man was killed and two others were taken to hospital with gunshot wounds following a "serious incident" understood to have involved a serving soldier. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday May 22, 2013. See PA story POLICE Woolwich. Photo credit should read: Nick Ansell/PA Wire

The closed road on Artillery Place near the scene in Woolwich, south London where a man was killed and two others were taken to hospital with gunshot wounds following a "serious incident" understood to have involved a serving soldier. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday May 22, 2013. See PA story POLICE Woolwich. Photo credit should read: Nick Ansell/PA Wire

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Police activity close to the scene where a man was murdered in John Wilson Street, Woolwich. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday May 22, 2013. A major police operation was launched today after two suspected terrorists murdered a man in the street in broad daylight. Eyewitnesses said the victim was hacked to death, with some suggesting his attackers tried to behead him, before charging at police when they arrived on the scene in Woolwich, south east London. A local MP said the victim was believed to be a soldier. See PA story POLICE Woolwich. Photo credit should read: Nick Ansell/PA Wire

Police activity close to the scene where a man was murdered in John Wilson Street, Woolwich. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday May 22, 2013. A major police operation was launched today after two suspected terrorists murdered a man in the street in broad daylight. Eyewitnesses said the victim was hacked to death, with some suggesting his attackers tried to behead him, before charging at police when they arrived on the scene in Woolwich, south east London. A local MP said the victim was believed to be a soldier. See PA story POLICE Woolwich. Photo credit should read: Nick Ansell/PA Wire

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LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 22:  Scenes of Crime Officers at the scene in Woolwich following a major incident in which a man was killed, on May 22, 2013 in London, England. It has been reported that the government and police are treating the attack in Woolwich on a serving soldier as a possible terrorist attack. Police have confirmed that one man has died after being attacked in the street by two men and firearms and knives were involved in the incident.  (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 22: Scenes of Crime Officers at the scene in Woolwich following a major incident in which a man was killed, on May 22, 2013 in London, England. It has been reported that the government and police are treating the attack in Woolwich on a serving soldier as a possible terrorist attack. Police have confirmed that one man has died after being attacked in the street by two men and firearms and knives were involved in the incident. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

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Men lay a floral tribute close to the scene where a man was murdered in John Wilson Street, Woolwich. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday May 22, 2013. A major police operation was launched today after two suspected terrorists murdered a man in the street in broad daylight. Eyewitnesses said the victim was hacked to death, with some suggesting his attackers tried to behead him, before charging at police when they arrived on the scene in Woolwich, south east London. A local MP said the victim was believed to be a soldier. See PA story POLICE Woolwich. Photo credit should read: Nick Ansell/PA Wire

Men lay a floral tribute close to the scene where a man was murdered in John Wilson Street, Woolwich. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday May 22, 2013. A major police operation was launched today after two suspected terrorists murdered a man in the street in broad daylight. Eyewitnesses said the victim was hacked to death, with some suggesting his attackers tried to behead him, before charging at police when they arrived on the scene in Woolwich, south east London. A local MP said the victim was believed to be a soldier. See PA story POLICE Woolwich. Photo credit should read: Nick Ansell/PA Wire

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Police activity near a crashed car (rear) with a broken windscreen close to the scene where a man was murdered in John Wilson Street, Woolwich. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday May 22, 2013. A major police operation was launched today after two suspected terrorists murdered a man in the street in broad daylight. Eyewitnesses said the victim was hacked to death, with some suggesting his attackers tried to behead him, before charging at police when they arrived on the scene in Woolwich, south east London. A local MP said the victim was believed to be a soldier. See PA story POLICE Woolwich. Photo credit should read: Nick Ansell/PA Wire

ALTERNATIVE CROP. Police activity near a crashed car (rear) with a broken windscreen close to the scene where a man was murdered in John Wilson Street, Woolwich. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday May 22, 2013. A major police operation was launched today after two suspected terrorists murdered a man in the street in broad daylight. Eyewitnesses said the victim was hacked to death, with some suggesting his attackers tried to behead him, before charging at police when they arrived on the scene in Woolwich, south east London. A local MP said the victim was believed to be a soldier. See PA story POLICE Woolwich. Photo credit should read: Nick Ansell/PA Wire

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Men lay a floral tribute close to the scene where a man was murdered in John Wilson Street, Woolwich. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday May 22, 2013. A major police operation was launched today after two suspected terrorists murdered a man in the street in broad daylight. Eyewitnesses said the victim was hacked to death, with some suggesting his attackers tried to behead him, before charging at police when they arrived on the scene in Woolwich, south east London. A local MP said the victim was believed to be a soldier. See PA story POLICE Woolwich. Photo credit should read: Nick Ansell/PA Wire

Men lay a floral tribute close to the scene where a man was murdered in John Wilson Street, Woolwich. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday May 22, 2013. A major police operation was launched today after two suspected terrorists murdered a man in the street in broad daylight. Eyewitnesses said the victim was hacked to death, with some suggesting his attackers tried to behead him, before charging at police when they arrived on the scene in Woolwich, south east London. A local MP said the victim was believed to be a soldier. See PA story POLICE Woolwich. Photo credit should read: Nick Ansell/PA Wire

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LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 22:  Home Secretary Theresa May arrives for a COBRA security meeting in Downing Street on May 22, 2013 in London, England. It has been reported that the government and police are treating an attack in Woolwich on a serving soldier as a possible terrorist attack. Police have confirmed that one man has died after being attacked in the street by two men and that firearms and knives were involved in the incident.  (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 22: Home Secretary Theresa May arrives for a COBRA security meeting in Downing Street on May 22, 2013 in London, England. It has been reported that the government and police are treating an attack in Woolwich on a serving soldier as a possible terrorist attack. Police have confirmed that one man has died after being attacked in the street by two men and that firearms and knives were involved in the incident. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

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LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 22:  Scenes of Crime Officers at the scene in Woolwich following a major incident in which a man was killed, on May 22, 2013 in London, England. It has been reported that the government and police are treating the attack in Woolwich on a serving soldier as a possible terrorist attack. Police have confirmed that one man has died after being attacked in the street by two men and firearms and knives were involved in the incident.  (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 22: Scenes of Crime Officers at the scene in Woolwich following a major incident in which a man was killed, on May 22, 2013 in London, England. It has been reported that the government and police are treating the attack in Woolwich on a serving soldier as a possible terrorist attack. Police have confirmed that one man has died after being attacked in the street by two men and firearms and knives were involved in the incident. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

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LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 22:  Police near to the scene in Woolwich following a major incident in which a man was killed, on May 22, 2013 in London, England. It has been reported that the government and police are treating the attack in Woolwich on a serving soldier as a possible terrorist attack. Police have confirmed that one man has died after being attacked in the street by two men and firearms and knives were involved in the incident.  (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 22: Police near to the scene in Woolwich following a major incident in which a man was killed, on May 22, 2013 in London, England. It has been reported that the government and police are treating the attack in Woolwich on a serving soldier as a possible terrorist attack. Police have confirmed that one man has died after being attacked in the street by two men and firearms and knives were involved in the incident. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

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LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 22:  Police talk to local residents near to the scene in Woolwich, following a major incident in which a man was killed, on May 22, 2013 in London, England. It has been reported that the government and police are treating the attack in Woolwich on a serving soldier as a possible terrorist attack. Police have confirmed that one man has died after being attacked in the street by two men and firearms and knives were involved in the incident.  (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 22: Police talk to local residents near to the scene in Woolwich, following a major incident in which a man was killed, on May 22, 2013 in London, England. It has been reported that the government and police are treating the attack in Woolwich on a serving soldier as a possible terrorist attack. Police have confirmed that one man has died after being attacked in the street by two men and firearms and knives were involved in the incident. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

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LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 22:  A general view of Woolwich Barracks, near to the scene in Woolwich following a major incident in which a man was killed, on May 22, 2013 in London, England. It has been reported that the government and police are treating the attack in Woolwich on a serving soldier as a possible terrorist attack. Police have confirmed that one man has died after being attacked in the street by two men and firearms and knives were involved in the incident.  (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 22: A general view of Woolwich Barracks, near to the scene in Woolwich following a major incident in which a man was killed, on May 22, 2013 in London, England. It has been reported that the government and police are treating the attack in Woolwich on a serving soldier as a possible terrorist attack. Police have confirmed that one man has died after being attacked in the street by two men and firearms and knives were involved in the incident. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

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LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 22:  Scenes of Crime Officers at the scene in Woolwich following a major incident in which a man was killed, on May 22, 2013 in London, England. It has been reported that the government and police are treating the attack in Woolwich on a serving soldier as a possible terrorist attack. Police have confirmed that one man has died after being attacked in the street by two men and firearms and knives were involved in the incident.  (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 22: Scenes of Crime Officers at the scene in Woolwich following a major incident in which a man was killed, on May 22, 2013 in London, England. It has been reported that the government and police are treating the attack in Woolwich on a serving soldier as a possible terrorist attack. Police have confirmed that one man has died after being attacked in the street by two men and firearms and knives were involved in the incident. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

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The Royal Artillery Barracks near the scene in Woolwich, south London where a man was killed and two others were taken to hospital with gunshot wounds following a "serious incident" understood to have involved a serving soldier. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday May 22, 2013. See PA story POLICE Woolwich. Photo credit should read: Nick Ansell/PA Wire

NUMBER PLATES PIXELATED BY REQUEST OF THE METROPOLITAN POLICE The Royal Artillery Barracks near the scene in Woolwich, south London where a man was killed and two others were taken to hospital with gunshot wounds following a "serious incident" understood to have involved a serving soldier. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday May 22, 2013. See PA story POLICE Woolwich. Photo credit should read: Nick Ansell/PA Wire

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English Defence League leader Tommy Robinson (left) with EDL supporters outside The Queens Arms pub in Woolwich following the death of a man, believed to be a serving soldier, who was butchered in broad daylight near the Royal Artillery Barracks in Woolwich

Two men have been arrested after separate attacks on mosques following the terrorist incident in Woolwich.

A 43-year-old man is in custody on suspicion of attempted arson after reportedly walking into a mosque with a knife in Braintree, Essex.

Local MP Brooks Newmark tweeted last night: "Local mosque in Braintree attacked by man with knives and incendiary device. Man arrested. No one injured."

Mr Newmark added: "Just met with leaders of local mosque in Braintree which was attacked this evening. Thanked local police for their swift response."

Essex Police said a 43-year-old from Braintree was arrested on suspicion of possession of an offensive weapon and attempted arson after the incident in Silks Way at 7.15pm.

The spokesman added that police were investigating the "full circumstances" and said "it would not be appropriate to speculate at this time".

Meanwhile police in Kent were called to reports of criminal damage at a mosque in Canterbury Street, Gillingham, at 8.40pm.

A spokesman said a man is in custody on suspicion of racially-aggravated criminal damage. The force has stepped up the police presence after a man was butchered in broad daylight on the streets of London.

Supporters of the English Defence League (EDL) gathered at Woolwich Arsenal train station near the scene and threw bottles at police.

EDL leader Tommy Robinson, who was among a group of around 250 men, said: "They're chopping our soldiers' heads off. This is Islam. That's what we've seen today."

He added: "They've cut off one of our Army's heads off on the streets of London.

"Our next generation are being taught through schools that Islam is a religion of peace.

"It's not. It never has been. What you saw today is Islam.

"Everyone's had enough. There has to be a reaction, for the Government to listen, for the police to listen, to understand how angry this British public are."

The men then engaged in brief skirmishes with police across the large public square opposite the station.

The secretary of the mosque in Braintree, Sikander Saleemy, reportedly told Channel 4 News that he felt like it was a "revenge attack".

Mr Saleemy said: "The police said it's too early to try and link it to what happened in Woolwich, but those of us who were here feel that it was some sort of revenge attack. It was clear from the man's behaviour.

"We absolutely condemn what happened in Woolwich, but it had nothing to do with us.

"It was an appalling act of terror - but it wasn't "Islamic" in any way. I wish it wasn't described like that, because sadly people will now start to blame Muslims."

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