To collect this all together, then, the incident seems to have been staged in two parts, with an interval which was used to set the stage for the second part. The beginning of the first part was captured on the Shop footage, and can be placed in time as starting at 2:18pm when Rigby was supposedly struck by the Tigra. However, before this, something important happened. When John Wilson Street traffic lights went red – or just before it – the truck in Wellington Place reversed into the road to block it. Everything was in place to start.
When the Tigra struck Lee Rigby, then that event was probably real – although the character being hit was probably not Lee Rigby; instead it was a stuntman who had a professional capability to meet a car travelling at a relatively low speed and make it look like a real collision without getting seriously injured.
What happened thereafter depends on whether we believe in the integrity of the eyewitnesses. The author would go so far as to say that none of the first three witnesses conveyed reality in their testimony – that is to say, they may not have been lying, but they certainly did not understand what was really happening. The author feels that the Tigra came to a natural halt at the road sign – the focus of any witness would have been on the body on the bonnet, and the stopping would have only been a peripheral matter. It would only seem like there had been a crash. The Tigra would have been replaced later with a smashed up version, and debris would have been put around the car (it will be explained how momentarily). It is quite likely that the debris that can be seen on the CCTV footage in the immediate aftermath is digitally added because it is out of place – it protrudes too much into the black tarmac area. The initial witnesses would not have seen any debris.
At the same time as Bailey’s car moved into position, whatever blockage was temporarily stopping traffic from above Artillery Place must have become uncorked and down at the junction, the lights had changed, so now traffic started to flow both ways. Adebowale and Adebolajo then simulated an attack on the stuntman, and most witnesses to it were mistaken and/or were convinced later by the authorities or actors on the ground about what they saw; the following quote shows that this did actually happen. It’s from Julie Wilders:
We were driving back and my husband said to me ‘don’t look, they’re resuscitating someone’. But apparently they were stabbing him.
Terror in Woolwich: One woman was crying – ‘They killed him. They killed him’; Sanchez Manning; 22 May 2013.
Logic dictates that it is highly unlikely that the two Michaels would be doing anything here to attract unwanted attention. They didn’t want to attract a real have-a-go-hero to take them out (and there are still people about these days who will). And until police step in and overtly close down roads, traffic will still go past, and each car will present the risk of bringing an intervening individual on the scene – this isn’t what is required. For that reason, we should assume that the police would have closed down Artillery Place as soon as possible. In fact, the public doesn’t see any footage 3 minutes and 7 seconds after the attack. In those three minutes, 12 cars, 1 bus appears and a motor bike appear on the screen from the top of Artillery Place – that’s 1 vehicle every 12 seconds, so the rate is very low already – very likely something is still restricting this traffic, and as far as we know, the rate could be about to drop to zero quite rapidly.
The time would now be 14:18:41 + 3 minutes and 7 seconds; so 14:21:48. In less than a minute, the school children would be arriving back at school (14:22:30) and Graham Wilders sees them after having been up to reconnoitre Artillery Place. The white lorry had definitely not arrived yet. It becomes clear when looking at the material that the witnessing of the lorry’s arrival must be attributed at first to Wilders in corporate-media – and perhaps he was even coerced to tell a story of the white lorry being there when he went to look – when it clearly could not have been. However, Wilders will soon encounter police in Rectory Place on a cordon. Indeed, in the next few minutes after 14:22:30, a cordon will be fully enforced and police will have closed all approaches from the west into Artillery Place. If we apply the police’s claim that a cordon was in place within 9 minutes – for truth sometimes shows itself when there’s no harm in it doing so – then let’s say this cordon was set up by 14:27:41 so that no traffic could come along Artillery Place at all. At the same time, it doesn’t have to be in place according to any official timing given that those are fabrications. At this point, the likes of Graham Wilders are no longer free to wonder about within the cordon – he himself told of being warned back to his house by police.
At the other end of Artillery Place things aren’t so straight forward. Traffic that wants to go up Artillery Place has been allowed to until the Number 53 bus crossed the junction. It is carrying actors to the scene – but other people on it are organic. It stops at first at the end of Artillery Place to block the way in. Maybe the truck facing the wrong way down Wellington Place does something crazy to stop traffic following the bus across the junction and to cause a distraction. When the lights turn, and the John Wilson traffic moves away, police, or people pretending to be them, are out of sight of cameras organising it so that it doesn’t turn up Artillery Place.
And out of the barracks reverses the white lorry. We know this because a bollard blocking off the drive is down, and the lorry’s front wheels are still at the angle they were turned to to make the reversed turn. If the vehicle had come down Artillery Place as we are supposed to believe then it must have been on the pavement for the wheels to be positioned as they are – however, it couldn’t have been on the pavement because the rear of the lorry is so far into the road.
While this lorry was reversing it stopped and a team on the ground, who had been protecting the space for the Tigra to initially manoeuvre into, and who would still be loitering on site, opened the left-hand side of the trailer. A fork lift truck following from the barracks lifted the damaged Tigra off the wagon and placed it on the ground by the road sign – after the undamaged Tigra is driven away, of course. Only a mistake is made, and it is not placed close enough to the stanchion. The truck then continued to reverse into a straighter position, but for some reason couldn’t continue further in order to straighten up the wheels. The forklift disappeared up into the barracks, and the team on the ground laid down the debris and set off a charge to blow water out of a container underneath the car (some people did report early bangs). Fake blood – but not enough – was applied to certain spots on the scene, and Adebowale and Adebolajo dragged a dummy into the road.
If the Nimmos witness all this – and they should have, still parked right on top of everything as they were – then for some reason they won’t ultimately relate it in their testimony. At the same time, another bus that is being used to bring in actors to people the top crowd in Artillery Place pulls up behind the lorry. It has a dual usage – it is also there to make it appear there is a queue of traffic behind the lorry.
Now it is 14:37pm when John Wilson Street is officially closed, and overt and widespread police interference ensuring the restriction of a flow of traffic into Artillery Place will not appear strange. The Number 53 bus moves up Artillery Place and the filming of the wait begins, which runs seamlessly into the arrival of the armed police intervention. And this is perhaps the key to why there are so many versions of how long people were waiting around for before armed police arrived. People coming later to the scene would have no idea how long it had been going on for, but they could be able to say something about what they experienced while they were there. If Amanda Donnelly said that she was on scene for 10 minutes then this was because she really was – from about 2:39 to 2:49. Generally the media report reckonings have it that the attackers spent 20 minutes after the attack talking to passers-by. This could be the time between 2:39 and 2:59. Now there has to be a wait until traffic is squeezed out of the surrounding vicinity very slowly. The full road blocks go in at 3pm so that the area will be devoid of traffic by 3.15pm – the idea is just to have the shootout and then clean it all up very quickly. At that point the paramedics arrive, and the Air Ambulance moves down to the junction – which has apparently “suddenly” emptied very quickly (but in reality has been managed into being deserted very craftily). Tweets about the initial attack now go out – and images showing the arrest are also released. It is not until roughly 4pm, however, that James Heneghan appears on LBC and the single narrative is confirmed. He alters Boyadee’s account – a decision to drop the story about a beheading may have been taken – but maintains that the attackers are dead.