Sir David Amess dead latest updates – Tory MP dies after being knifed multiple times in Southend church

CONSERVATIVE MP Sir David Amess has died after being stabbed multiple times at a church in Essex.

A man is understood to have walked into Belfairs Methodist Church and knifed the 69-year-old multiple times.

Armed cops swooped on the in Leigh-on-Sea church after the minister, who represents Southend West in Essex, was attacked at the meeting just after midday.

Police confirmed a suspect has been arrested and said they are not looking for anyone else.

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    'It's devastating' – Anthony Finch told Sky prior to the news of his death

    Anthony Finch told Sky News: "He is a good friend of my wife's father, it's pretty upsetting. 

    "I just hope to god that he pulls through and he can come out of this.

    "It's devastating to witness something like this. you read it in the news, you never experience it.

    "It's devastating and very sad. I feel for his family, I hope they are OK."

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    25-year-old arrested at scene

    Essex Police confirmed a 25-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder and said they are not looking for anyone else.

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    Tory MP Sir David Amess, 69, STABBED to death

    TORY MP Sir David Amess has today been stabbed multiple times at a constituency surgery in a church in Essex.

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    What happened to Sir David Amess?

    On Friday October, 15, 2021, the MP was stabbed during a meeting.

    It is understood that a man walked into Belfairs Methodist Church and knifed the 69-year-old multiple times.

    Armed police swooped on the church following the horror at around midday.

    Police confirmed a suspect has been arrested and said they are not looking for anyone else.

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    Suspect arrested on suspicion of murder

    Sir David's condition was not immediately known but police have now confirmed the dad-of-five has sadly passed away after the attack.

    Essex Police confirmed a suspect has been arrested on suspicion of murder and said they are not looking for anyone else.

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    When did Sir David Amess become an MP?

    Sir David Amess became an MP in 1983, for Basildon.

    He has been an MP for Southend West since 1997.

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    Police statement confirming death of Sir David Amess

    Essex police have released the following statement.

    "A man has been arrested on suspicion murder after a man was stabbed in #LeighonSea.

    "We were called to Eastwood Road North shortly after 12.05pm.

    "Sadly, a man later died. A man was arrested at the scene.

    "We are not looking for anyone else."

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    Sir David Amess stabbed to death

    Sir David Amess, 69, dies after being stabbed multiple times at his Tory constituency surgery

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    Knife has been recovered in the area

    Essex police have confirmed that a knife was recovered from the area.

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    Who is Sir David Amess?

    Sir David Amess is a British politician who represents Southend West in Essex.

    The 69-year-old from Plaistow, Essex taught at the St John the Baptist Primary School in Bethnal Green before becoming a recruitment consultant.

    During his career, he has sponsored a number of bills including the Warm Homes Bill and Energy Conservation Act in 2020.

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    Where did the stabbing take place?

    A man is understood to have walked into Belfairs Methodist Church and knifed the 69-year-old multiple times.

    Police confirmed a suspect has been arrested and said they are not looking for anyone else.

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    Jo Cox foundation 'horrified' by the stabbing

    Labour MP Jo Cox was murdered in June 2016 by right wing fanatic Thomas Mair as she was on her way to a constituency surgery in Batley and Spen.

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    Air ambulance is at the scene

    An air ambulance is at the scene of the stabbing as well as multiple armed police.

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    Boris interview cancelled

    A planned interview with Boris Johnson which was due to take place today has been cancelled.

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    History of attacks on MP's

    A series of MPs have been attacked – and even murdered – while carrying out their constituency work.

    Stephen Timms

    In 2010 Labour MP Stephen Timms was stabbed by a woman who claimed she was seeking revenge for his support of the Iraq War at his constituency surgery in east London.

    His attacker, Roshonara Choudhry, 21 a radicalised student, stabbed Mr Timms twice in the stomach before his assistant managed to drag her off. 

     The surgeon who operated on him described the injuries he suffered as “potentially life-threatening”.

    Nigel Jones

    Lib Dem MP Nigel Jones was stabbed and his assistant, Andy Pennington, murdered, when a man brandishing a sword burst into his constituency and attacked him.

    Attacker Robert Ashman spent 8 years in a secure hospital for the attack.

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    Who is Sir David Amess?

    Sir David Amess is the Conservative MP for Southend West, and has been an MP continuously since 9 June 1983.

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    Five years after Jo Cox

    It comes five years after MP Jo Cox, 41, was gunned down and stabbed to death in broad daylight.

    The Labour politician and mother was murdered by Thomas Mair, 53, who was sentenced to life imprisonment with a whole life order.

    Her death was the first killing of a sitting British MP after the 1990 death of Conservative MP Ian Gow. 

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    Messages flood in

    Labour leader Keir Starmer said: "Horrific and deeply shocking news. Thinking of David, his family and his staff."

    SNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford said: "This is truly awful news. My thoughts and prayers are with David and his family."

    Labour MP Yvette Cooper said: This is truly dreadful. Thoughts and prayers with David."

    While Labour frontbencher Wes Streeting tweeted: "PLease God let him be OK."

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    'I am praying for Sir David'

    Stunned MPs have condemned the horror as the horrific news spread today.

    Tory MP David Morris said: "Absolutely horrendous news, I am praying for Sir David."

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    Armed police 'swamped' the scene

    Horrified witnesses told how gun cops "completely and utterly swamped" the scene.

    One said: ""I saw someone get taken out the building, put into the back of a police car.

    “Apparently he was stabbed quite a few times.

    "It’s very hard, it’s very distressing that’s for sure."

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    Police statement

    A statement said: "A man's been arrested following an incident in #LeighonSea.

    "We were called to reports of a stabbing in Eastwood Rd North shortly after 12.05pm.

    "A man was arrested shortly after & we're not looking for anyone else.

    "We'll bring you more info when we have it."

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    The police have made an arrest

    A man is understood to have walked into Belfairs Methodist Church and knifed the 69-year-old multiple times.

    Police confirmed a suspect has been arrested and said they are not looking for anyone else.

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    Armed police are at the scene

    Armed cops swooped on the in Leigh-on-Sea church after the minister, who represents Southend West in Essex, was attacked at the meeting just after midday.

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    Tory MP Sir David Amess, 69, STABBED multiple times

    TORY MP Sir David Amess has today been stabbed multiple times at a constituency surgery in a church in Essex.

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