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He was speaking about the killing in Woolwich 16 days ago, at the Help for Heroes bike ride last weekend.
He and his wife Zoe participated in the 125-mile charity ride, raising more than £10,000.
He said: “I was sickened by the evil shown in the murder of Drummer Lee Rigby.
"It was an intolerant and vile attack and one that certainly does not represent Islam. It was senseless violence.”
He added that the “justification” for what happened was “disgusting”.
Mr Benyon, who served with The Royal Green Jackets from 1980 to 1985, added: “The great thing about the British

public is that when something awful like Woolwich happens, they have a wonderful way of transferring it into doing something positive. That was shown shortly after Woolwich, when the Help for Heroes website crashed due to the number of people trying to donate and buy the same hoody Lee was wearing.
“The Help for Heroes bike ride truly showed British people at their best. We have seen the best and worst of Britain in the space of just over two weeks.”
The pair set off on the ride from Tedworth House, the charity’s recovery centre in Tidworth, Hampshire, to The Mall in London, and rode alongside wounded servicemen.
They were joined in London by about 1,400 cyclists, who had gathered from all over the country to raise funds, with 350 of those riding in from Paris.
Mr Benyon, who also took part in the charity’s Big Battlefield Bike ride through Northern France five years ago, said that this event was an experience that would stay with him.
He said: “It was emotional, and riding into central London alongside such remarkable people and those amazing people who have helped them was something I’ll never forget.
“Some of the people I was with were double amputees from injuries received in Afghanistan and Iraq, and it was a privilege to ride alongside them.
“The people who work at Tedworth House are truly inspirational and the work that they do is incredible.
“I would like to thank all those who donated for their support. I’m delighted we were ale to raise a five-figure sum.
“The total amount raised so far is well into seven figures and every penny of that goes into helping servicemen who have been wounded.”



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