Queen's Birthday Honours: Brave Woolwich Woman Awarded Medal

14 June 2014, 12:01 | Updated: 14 June 2014, 12:36

A woman who acted "selflessly" when her bus stopped near where Lee Rigby was murdered has been honoured for bravery.

29-year-old Amy Nicholson showed "commitment and passion" when her bus stopped near where Lee Rigby was attacked.

She has been awarded a British Empire Medal (BEM) in the Queen's Birthday Honours.

Ms Nicholson, who lives in Woolwich and works for TfL, was on her way home from work when traffic came to a standstill and her bus stopped next to the Royal Artillery Barracks.

When she found out there were two individuals armed with knives and guns, TfL told her it was a highly dangerous situation and she was advised to leave the area immediately.

However, seeing that other bus passengers were leaving the buses and there was no one stopping them from heading towards the trouble, Ms Nicholson bravely took control of the situation.

She liaised with bus staff in the area and kept passengers calm, ensuring all buses were evacuated and lead passengers to safety.

Fusilier Rigby'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.