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