Conservative MP, Sir David Amess, has died after being stabbed at his constituency surgery in Essex. He was 69, married with five children.
- A British lawmaker, Conservative MP Sir David Amess, has died after being stabbed several times today at a constituency meeting east of London.
- Police confirmed they have arrested a man in connection with the stabbing
Police said a 25-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of murder after the attack at a church in Leigh-on-Sea.
They said they recovered a knife and were not looking for anyone else in connection with the incident.
Sir David, whom represented Southend West, was holding an event – where voters can meet their MP and discuss concerns – at Belfairs Methodist Church in Eastwood Road North.
He was stabbed midday Thursday by a man who walked into a meeting with voters from his electoral district being held inside the Methodist Church.
Essex Police said they received reports of a stabbing shortly after 12:05 BST and found a man injured.
He was treated by emergency services but died at the scene.
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Police have appealed for anyone who saw the attack, or who has footage from CCTV, dash cams or video doorbell to contact them.
Sir David is the second MP to be killed in the past five years, following the murder of Labour MP Jo Cox in 2016.
She was killed outside a library in Birstall, West Yorkshire, where she was due to hold a constituency surgery.
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Members of the community have gathered in front of the church where British lawmaker David Amess was killed to leave flowers and balloons in his honor, CNN producer Nada Bashir reports.
“This is a very small, close knit community and the idea of having a local lawmaker attacked in such a way, in a public forum like this is really devastating and has shaken local residents here,” she said reporting from outside the church in Leigh-on-Sea.