A UK Conservative Party minister has died after being stabbed during a meeting with his constituents in a church, police say.
David Amess, 69, was speaking at a Methodist church on Friday when a man entered and stabbed him. Police arrived after 12:05 p.m. local time and arrested a man for stabbing him.
“We are not looking for anyone else in connection with the incident and do not believe there is a continuing threat to the general public,” Essex Police said in A declaration, adding that officers had recovered a knife.
Police confirmed around 3 p.m. local time that “a man died”. The arrest has now been reclassified as “on suspicion of murder”.
Amess’s office previously confirmed to Reuters that he was stabbed but provided no further details. John Lamb, another Tory adviser, said he was still at church and police only let paramedics in.
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An air ambulance arrived so that Amess could be treated on site for her injuries.
A spokesperson for his Westminster office told Sky News: “The incident has happened”.
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Former Prime Minister David Cameron noted the incident was “very alarming and disturbing”.
Labor leader Sir Kier Starmer noted the incident was “horrific and deeply shocking”.
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Amess had been an MP since 1983 and a member of his current constituency – Southend West in Essex – since 1997.
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