British Conservative MP David Amess was stabbed to death on Friday during an event in his local constituency in southeast England, Sky News and the BBC reported.
“He [Amess] was treated by emergency services but, sadly, died at the scene,” police said. “A 25-year-old man was quickly arrested after officers arrived at the scene on suspicion of murder and a knife was recovered.”
Local police did not name Amess but confirmed that officers “were called to reports of a stabbing” shortly after 12:05 pm (1105 GMT). Th force announced on Twitter that a man was arrested shortly after the incident and they were not looking for anyone else.
Sky News and the BBC identified the victim as the 69-year-old politician, from Prime Minister Boris Johnson‘s Conservative Party.
On her part, the Conservative party’s former director of communications and the prime minister’s wife, Carrie Johnson, is among those to pay tribute.
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.
— Carrie Johnson (@carrielbjohnson) October 15, 2021
The British MP was holding a his regular weekly meeting with constituents at the Belfairs Methodist Church, in the small town of Leigh-on-Sea.
Conservative councillor and former Southend mayor John Lamb, who was at the scene, told local newspaper the Southend Echo: “All we know is that David has been stabbed several times.
“He is still at the church and they won’t let us go in to see him. It does look very serious.”
David Cameron, one of his Tory predecessors in Downing Street, said: “Very alarming and worrying news reports coming from Leigh-on-Sea.
“My thoughts and prayers are with Sir David Amess and his family.”
Moreover, apposition Labour leader Keir Starmer called the news “horrific and deeply shocking”.