Suffolk MPs speak out following shock fatal stabbing of Sir David Amess MP in Essex
MPs across Suffolk have spoken of their shock following the fatal stabbing of one of their parliamentary colleagues.
Sir David Amess, 69, was stabbed in his Southend West constituency earlier today, where he was conducting a constituency surgery at Belfriars Methodist Church in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex.
Essex Police have confirmed that a 25-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder, after they were called to the incident, in Eastwood Road North, at 12.05pm.
He had been receiving treatment at the scene, but he died shortly after.
Essex Police also confirmed that they are not looking for anyone else.
The father-of-five is the second sitting MP to be killed in such circumstances in five years, following the death of Labour MP Jo Cox in 2016 as she attended a constituency surgery.
Matt Hancock, MP for West Suffolk, said on Twitter: "Just devastated and in shock at the murder of David Amess.
"He was so kind and cared so much about Southend. He was a mentor to me when I arrived in Parliament. Always selfless and had time for anyone. I send my deepest thoughts to his friends, staff and loved ones.
MP for Ipswich, Tom Hunt, said he was 'shocked beyond belief' to hear the news.
Jo Churchill, MP for Bury St Edmunds, said: "Such terrible news about Sir David. My thoughts and prayers are with him and his family at this difficult time."
South Suffolk MP, James Cartlidge, said that the incident is 'terribly, terribly shocking'. He added that Mr Amess was a 'kind and decent man'.
Suffolk Coastal MP Thérèse Coffey said on Twitter: "Horrific news today as colleague and friend Sir David Amess MP has been stabbed to death. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends. RIP."
Witness Anthony Finch described seeing someone being taken out of the building and put into the back of a police car.
He told Sky News: “We arrived to do some work on the adjacent building… and at the point when I was crossing the road I saw an upset lady on the phone saying ‘you need to arrive quickly, he’s still in the building’.
“There were loads of armed police, overhead there was an air ambulance as well as a police helicopter. Obviously wondered what the hell was going on, you don’t often see armed police around the local area.
“I saw the suspect get put into a police van, get taken away and then they cordoned the whole road and pushed us all down the road.
“What we then heard was that it was David Amess.”