British lawmaker stabbed and killed while meeting constituents: report

Source: The Hill | October 15, 2021 | Sarakshi Rai

A British lawmaker who on Friday was stabbed multiple times in a meeting with his constituents has died from his wounds, CNN reported.

David Amess, a 69-year-old member of Parliament from Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s ruling Conservative Party, was stabbed as he met constituents at Belfairs Methodist Church in Leigh-on-Sea, a coastal town in Essex, reports said. He was reportedly treated at the scene but later died.

Essex Police, without naming Amess, said a man was arrested on suspicion of murder in connection to the fatal stabbing.

“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,” the police department added.

“A 25-year-old man was quickly arrested after officers arrived at the scene on suspicion of murder and a knife was recovered,” the police added in an official release

The BBC reported that the police recovered a knife from the scene. 

Tributes poured in for the veteran lawmaker from all across party lines after the news of his death. 

Carrie Johnson, Boris Johnson’s wife, said, “Absolutely devastating news about Sir David Amess. He was hugely kind and good. An enormous animal lover and a true gent. This is so completely unjust. Thoughts are with his wife and their children.”

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    “The fatal stabbing in Leigh-on-Sea has tonight been declared as a terrorist incident, with the investigation being led by Counter Terrorism Policing,” the police said in a statement.

    There has been “a potential motivation linked to Islamist extremism” found in the early investigation into the murder.

    The incident was formally declared terrorism by Senior National Coordinator for Counter Terrorism Policing, Deputy Assistant Commissioner Dean Haydon.

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