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A PERMANENT memorial is to be erected close to where Fusilier Lee Rigby was killed.

Royal Borough of Greenwich confirmed the stone would commemorate the sacrifice made by all servicemen and women who have served or lived in Woolwich in south-east London.

The memorial, which will be located in the garden area of St George’s Chapel, opposite Woolwich Barracks where Fusilier Rigby was based, has been agreed following discussions with the soldier’s family.

The father-of-one’s murder sparked shock across the country after he was run over with a car and then hacked to death by British Muslim converts Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale in May last year.

Fusilier Rigby’s widow, Rebecca Rigby, who is from Halifax, said: “I know St George’s Chapel and it is a peaceful place and I think the memorial proposals will be fitting.”

His mother, Lyn Rigby, said: “I support the council’s plans and will feel able to visit the memorial in the chapel.”

Council leader Denise Hyland described the chosen site as a “very fitting and peaceful location”, and added: “Fusilier Lee Rigby will always be remembered by us all, and particularly by the people of this borough.”

Adebolajo and Adebowale ran down 25-year-old Fusilier Rigby in a car before attacking him with a meat cleaver and knives after lying in wait near Woolwich Barracks. They picked Fusilier Rigby to kill after assuming he was a soldier as he was wearing a Help for Heroes hooded top and carrying a camouflage rucksack.

Adebolajo, 29, was sentenced to a whole-life term, while Adebowale, 23, was jailed for life with a minimum term of 45 years,