David Amess, U.K. Lawmaker, Stabbed to Death in Church Attack

A lawmaker from the U.K.'s ruling Conservative party has died after being stabbed multiple times in his constituency in southeast England.

David Amess MP was stabbed at a constituency meeting in Leigh-on-Sea at 12:05 p.m. local time. Essex Police confirmed they had recovered a knife from the scene. The Conservative member of parliament for Southend West was holding surgery at Belfairs Methodist Church in Leigh-on-Sea.

Sky News reported that a man walked into his constituency surgery and stabbed Amess multiple times.

Amess, who was 69, was treated at the scene for his injuries before being declared dead.

In a statement, Essex Police force said: "A man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a man was stabbed in Leigh-on-Sea.

"We were called to an address in Eastwood Road North shortly after 12.05 p.m. today (Friday, October 15).

"We attended and found a man injured.

"He was treated by emergency services but, sadly, died at the scene.

"A 25-year-old man was quickly arrested after officers arrived at the scene on suspicion of murder and a knife was recovered.

"He is currently in custody.

"We are not looking for anyone else in connection with this incident."

Amess had been an MP since 1983 and was married with five children.

Other political figures shared their condolences on social media.

"In total shock hearing news about Sir David Amess," Tory MP Craig Tracey tweeted. "A genuinely lovely man and this is truly horrendous. My thoughts very much with his family."

Carrie Johnson, the Prime Minister's wife, tweeted: "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."

"Love and prayers for the family of Sir David Amess MP this afternoon. Just devastating. Funny, wise, compassionate, and such a good friend to so many of us," Tory MP for Preseli Pembrokeshire tweeted.

This is not the first time a British lawmaker has been murdered. In June 2016, Labour MP Jo Cox was fatally shot and stabbed outside a library in Birstall, West Yorkshire. The attacker, Thomas Mair, was sentenced to life in prison for killing Cox, stabbing nearby Bernard Kenny, and for possessing a firearm and a weapon with intent to commit an indictable offense.

Labour MP Faiza Shaheen tweeted on Friday: "Horrific. First Jo Cox, now this.
David Amess: Conservative MP dies after stabbing attack at constituency surgery."

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David Amess, a lawmaker from the UK’s ruling Conservative party, has died after being stabbed multiple times in his constituency in south-east England on Friday 15 October, 2021. Getty