Conservative UK MP David Amess Dies Following Church Stabbing, 25-Year-Old Somalian Arrested

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by Tyler Durden
Friday, Oct 15, 2021 - 02:23 PM

Update (1400ET): The Telegraph reports that police have arrested a 25-year-old Somalian man on suspicion of murdering the Conservative MP Sir David Amess.

Ben-Julian Harrington, Chief Constable Essex Police:

"It will be for investigators to determine whether or not this is a terrorist incident."

A witness who described seeing the suspect being taken away by the police said he was calm and compliant.

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Update (1004ET): Despite receiving medical treatment on scene, Amess was unable to be revived and has died of his wounds, according to the Mirror.

According to Sky News, a man walked into the church around 12pm and stabbed Amess multiple times, after which the suspect was arrested on suspicion of murder, according a spokesperson for the Essex Police.

"We were called to Eastwood Road North shortly after 12.05pm. Sadly, a man later died," they said, adding "A man was arrested at the scene. We are not looking for anyone else."

One witness to the scene, Anthony Gavin Fitch, said "As I was walking across the road I saw a few people sitting on the wall outside the church and one was on the phone to the police."

"I heard it was a stabbing from a lady who was inside the church at the time. She was upset and said David Amess had been stabbed three times. She said there was an altercation and then the suspect stabbed him. I think he's still in the church, he (Sir David) hasn't been taken out."

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Conservative MP Sir David Amess was stabbed several times while attending a constituency surgery meeting at a church in Essex, according to LBC.

Armed police and forensics officers were seen outside the Belfairs Methodist Church in Leigh-on-Sea a short while ago. Amess. 69, was receiving treatment at the scene, according to Sky News. His condition is unknown.

A man has been arrested per the police.

"David Amess Southend MP stabbed in Belfairs Methodist church Eastwood road literally as I was outside the building," wrote one person online.

Another tweeted "Something big going on outside Belfairs Methodist Church on Eastwood Road North near the Woodcutters."

A constituency surgery is a series of one-on-one meetings that an MP will hold with members of the public, where people may raise concerns over governance. Arness has been a member of parliament since 1983. The stabbing comes five years after Labour MP Jo Cox was killed on her way to hold a surgery with constituents in Batley and Spen, according to ITV.