UPSI has been awarded funding from the Economic and Social Research Council to use their innovative work on social media analytics to look at the community impacts of the murder of Lee Rigby in Woolwich. For the first time the research will look at how public opinion in reaction to the crime has shifted and changed with developments. The research will also look at how members of the public used social media to share knowledge about the crime.
British Army fusilier Lee Rigby was publicly murdered as he walked back to Woolwich Barracks in southeast London on May 22. The trial of Michael Adebolajo, 28, and Michael Adebowale, 22 who are accused of his murder has now begun following conclusion of legal submissions, and jury selection.