Sir David Amess is originally from Plaistow and has served as a councillor in Redbridge (Pic-Wikipedia)
Sir David Amess was attacked while carrying out a local constituency surgery in Belfairs Methodist Church in Leigh-on-Sea shortly before 12.05pm today.
A man reportedly walked into the surgery and repeatedly stabbed him.
The 69-year-old was treated by paramedics but sadly died at the scene.
Essex Police have arrested a 25-year-old man on suspicion of attempted murder and recovered a knife in the area. The suspect remains in custody.
“We are not looking for anyone else in connection with the incident and do not believe there is an ongoing threat to the wider public,” said an Essex Police spokesperson.
“We want to thank the public who alerted us to the incident so quickly. We need anyone who saw anything or has CCTV, dash cam or doorbell footage to contact us.”
Sir Amess was serving as the MP for Southend West but he was originally born in Plaistow in Newham. He first ran to be an MP in the Labour safe seat of Newham North West in 1979 but was defeated.
He went on to serve as a councillor in Redbridge in 1982 and was elected as the MP for Basildon a year later. He carried out both roles until 1986 when he stepped down as a councillor.
In 1997 he was elected as the MP for Southend West and he has held the seat ever since.
The MP for Hornchurch and Upminster, Julia Lopez, said: “Sir David Amess MP was a gentle person, a kind person, someone who gave his life in service.
“His death in that service is not only an unacceptable attack on an innocent man but on our democracy. I pray for his family and for his constituency team at this unspeakably awful time.”
Sending all the love in the world to Sir David’s family and friends. The people of his Southend constituency have lost a great champion. Such a lovely, lovely man.
I can’t believe this has happened again. It is hard to comprehend and impossible to come to terms with.
— Wes Streeting MP (@wesstreeting) October 15, 2021
The Leader of Havering Council, Damian White, has also paid tribute to the politician.
He said: “Sir David was a true gentleman and someone who was so passionate about his constituency.
“My thoughts and prayers go out to Sir David’s friends, family, and any affected by this senseless murder. May he rest in peace and rise in glory.”
Cllr Judith Holt, chairman of the Romford Conservative Association, said: “Everyone in the Romford Conservative Association is horrified and deeply grieved to hear of the murder of Sir David Amess MP.
“David was a wonderful friend and supporter of Andrew Rosindell MP and all of Romford. He served his constituents in Essex with devotion and loyalty for almost forty years and was a true British patriot. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and colleagues at this dreadful time.”
If you have any information about the incident please contact police by calling 101 and quoting incident 445 of 15 October.
Alternatively, you can submit an online report on the Essex Police website here.
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