Immensely popular U.K. Conservative Member of Parliament Sir David Amess has tragically died after being stabbed multiple times by a man who ran into a church in Eastern England where he was meeting with constituents.
Amess was 69 and was speaking at Belfairs Methodist Church in Leigh-on-Sea on Friday when the attack took place during a meet and greet referred to as a “surgery.” He had to be operated on at the scene where an air ambulance flew in but he did not survive his brutal injuries.
The man who stabbed him is 25-years-old and has been taken into custody according to Al Jazeera.
“He was treated by emergency services but, sadly, died at the scene,” police reported. “A 25-year-old man was quickly arrested after officers arrived at the scene on suspicion of murder and a knife was recovered.”
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The man in custody is the only suspect and police are not looking for anyone else in connection to the stabbing according to a police statement. No motivation for the attack has been disclosed.
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.
— Essex Police (@EssexPoliceUK) October 15, 2021
John Lamb, who was a local councilor at the scene, told the Associated Press that Amess had not been taken to the hospital more than two hours after the attack and the situation was “extremely serious.” He stated earlier that Amess was stabbed “several times.”
Amess’ colleagues across parliament were deeply shocked by his death. Tributes are pouring in for the conservative politician. Flags on Downing Street were lowered in recognition of his passing.
He was known for being extremely hard-working, kind, and for meeting with voters on the first and third Fridays of the month. Amess was devoted to his constituency and duties in his local area. He was best known for his campaign to have Southend declared a city.
Amess was married and had five children. He has been a member of parliament since 1997 and a lawmaker since 1983. His primary interests included “animal welfare and pro-life issues.” He will be remembered as a true gentleman.
As the sad and grim news broke across the globe that Amess had succumbed to his wounds, Prime Minister Boris Johnson rushed back to London from a meeting in Bristol, western England. He expressed extreme sadness over the death of the British politician.
All our hearts are full of shock and sadness at the death of Sir David Amess MP.
He was one of the kindest, nicest, most gentle people in politics. pic.twitter.com/SIx6SZ1P3w
— Boris Johnson (@BorisJohnson) October 15, 2021
“This is the most devastating, horrific & tragic news,” former Prime Minister David Cameron tweeted. “Words cannot adequately express the horror of what has happened today.”
This is the most devastating, horrific & tragic news. David Amess was a kind & thoroughly decent man – & he was the most committed MP you could ever hope to meet. Words cannot adequately express the horror of what has happened today. Right now, my heart goes out to David’s family
— David Cameron (@David_Cameron) October 15, 2021
“Absolutely devastating news about Sir David Amess. He was hugely kind and good,” Johnson’s wife Carrie wrote on Twitter. “An enormous animal lover and a true gent. This is so completely unjust.”
Sir David is the second sitting MP to be killed in the last five years, following the murder of Labour MP Jo Cox in 2016.
Jacqui Smith, who is the chair of the Jo Cox Foundation, said in a statement via Twitter that Amess’ death is a “tragic loss for those who knew and loved Sir David.”
“I knew him as a generous and dedicated colleague in Parliament. Public life must be safe for those we ask to serve in our democracy – that is a responsibility for us all,” Smith noted.
— The Jo Cox Foundation (@JoCoxFoundation) October 15, 2021
Brendan Cox, Jo Cox’s husband, tweeted: “Attacking our elected representatives is an attack on democracy itself. There is no excuse, no justification. It is as cowardly as it gets.”
My thoughts and love are with David’s family. They are all that matter now. This 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. pic.twitter.com/hwRN0PODPK
— Brendan Cox (@MrBrendanCox) October 15, 2021
British lawmakers are protected by armed security when they are inside Parliament. They receive no such protection in their constituencies. Amess openly published the times and locations of his meetings with constituents on his website.
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