The Conservative MP David Amess has died after being stabbed multiple times in his constituency in Essex.
The 69-year-old was reportedly attacked at around midday on Friday 15 October at a constituency surgery in Southend West. The incident occurred around at Belfairs Methodist Church in Leigh-on-Sea.
Essex Police have confirmed that a 25-year-old man was arrested shortly after the stabbing was reported to authorities. The police are not looking for any other suspects.
In a statement shared on Facebook, the police thanked the public “who alerted us to the incident so quickly.”
Amess received treatment at the scene for his injuries while an air ambulance was said to have been waiting nearby.
But an update shared by Essex Police just before 3pm has confirmed that a man had died on the scene.
Pictures taken near the scene show police cars and multiple ambulances parked on Eastwood Road, which has since been closed off to the public.
An employee of a launderette near the church said: “We just saw all the police and the ambulances turning up, it was probably about half-past 12 or just before then.
“I saw about two or three ambulances and then an undercover police car and other police cars going past.
“There’s usually people walking past, elderly people walking to the shops. We’ve still got no idea what’s going on.”
Speaking to LBC Radio, witness Anthony Finch said: “At that point obviously we knew something serious had happened. Within five minutes we’d been informed by someone who was actually in the building what had happened, and apparently, he (Sir David Amess) had been stabbed quite a few times.”
He added: “It’s very odd and it’s very distressing, that’s for sure.”
Many of Amess’s colleagues in the House of Commons and other notable figures sent their thoughts and prayers in reaction to the news of the initial stabbing.
Labour MP, Stephen Timms who was also stabbed at a constituency surgery in 2010 said he was appalled by what had happened.
The Jo Cox Foundation, which was set up in memory of the Labour MP who was murdered by a terrorist in 2016, said they were “horrified” by the news and were “thinking of him, his family and loved ones at this distressing time.”
Jo’s husband, Brendan Cox, said the incident “brings everything back. The pain, the loss, but also how much love the public gave us following the loss of Jo. I hope we can do the same for David now.”
The prime minister’s wife, Carrie Johnson said it was “absolutely devastating news” and paid tribute to Amess as an “enormous animal lover and a true gent.”
Police are now appealing for any information that the public might have about the incident submit a report online at https://www.essex.police.uk or use the ‘Live Chat’ button on their website to speak to an online operator between 7 am-11 pm. The public has been advised to quote incident 445 of 15 October.
Anyone with information can also phone 101 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Amess, who was first elected to parliament in 1983, received a knighthood in 2015 for his political and public service.