Angel of Woolwich’ who confronted Lee Rigby’s killers ‘regrets bravery’ claiming heroics ruined her life
Ingrid Loyau-Kennett says she has been left jobless and suffers from PTSD after stepping in to stop crazed murderers Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale
A woman dubbed the “Angel of Woolwich” after she confronted the killers of soldier Lee Rigby said she regrets her bravery and claims her heroic actions that day has ruined her life.
Ingrid Loyau-Kennett, 51, says she has been left jobless and suffers from post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after challenging crazed murderers Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale.
The mum-of-two was on a bus when Lee, 25, was mowed down and knifed outside his barracks in Woolwich, south east London, before his lifeless body was dragged into the middle of the road.
The former cub scout leader received national acclaim after she rushed to the soldier’s aid and calmly spoke to armed Adebolajo and Adebowale to prevent them from harming others.
But today, on the third anniversary of his death, she told The Sun that she suffers from anxiety attacks and is so terrified to leave her home that she can’t even get out of bed.
The former teacher, from Helston, Cornwall, told the newspaper: “I feel sick, poor and isolated. What’s the point in being a hero if I don’t see it in my everyday life?”
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She added: “At the time I saw three couples in three cars drive off and thought ‘shame on you, you cowards’.
“But maybe next time I would take the cowards way out.”
Ingrid has trained as a translator but says she cannot find work in Cornwall.
She has also previously spoken about how she suffers from depression and the painful condition fibromyalgia.
On the first anniversary of the killing, Ms Loyau-Kennett spoke at the scene where she checked Fusilier Rigby’s pulse and confronted Adebowale.