Southend Tory MP David Amess is stabbed multiple times by knifeman


MP Sir David Amess has been stabbed in major incident at his constituency surgery in Leigh. 

The Tory MP for Southend West, 69, was holding a surgery at the Belfairs Methodist Church, in Eastwood Road North.

A knifeman is understood to have run into the building wielding a knife before attacking the veteran politician.

Horrified constituents waiting to see him and staff witnessed the stabbing and quickly called police who rushed to the scene. 

One person posted online: ‘David Amess Southend MP stabbed in Belfairs Methodist church Eastwood road literally as I was outside the building.’

Another posted: ‘Something big going on outside Belfairs Methodist Church on Eastwood Road North near the Woodcutters.’

It is believed Sir David has been receiving treatment at the scene for his injuries.

Earlier this year he spoke out about  anti-social behaviour and knife crime.

He was a firm supporter of Brexit and the Leave Means Leave campaign.

Sir David opposed bills furthering LGBT rights, including equal age of consent and same-sex marriage. 

MP Sir David Amess has been stabbed in major incident at his constituency surgery in Leigh. The Tory MP for Southend West, 69, was holding a surgery at the Belfairs Methodist Church, in Eastwood Road North. Sir David pictured outside his surgery earlier this month

Sir David's most recent Twitter post alerted constituents that he was holding a surgery at the location he was attacked

Sir David’s most recent Twitter post alerted constituents that he was holding a surgery at the location he was attacked

Police were still on the scene hours after the attack happened collecting evidence on what happened at the stabbing

Police were still on the scene hours after the attack happened collecting evidence on what happened at the stabbing

Armed police at the scene after the stabbing happened next to an A-board advertising the MP was in the building

Armed police at the scene after the stabbing happened next to an A-board advertising the MP was in the building

Armed police at the scene outside Belfairs Methodist Church in Leigh-on-Sea where MP David Amess has been stabbed

Armed police at the scene outside Belfairs Methodist Church in Leigh-on-Sea where MP David Amess has been stabbed

Police officers were seen speaking to potential witnesses after the shocking violence unfolded in broad daylight

Police officers were seen speaking to potential witnesses after the shocking violence unfolded in broad daylight

He said present strategies were not working and said there needed to be more preventative measures.

His last message on Twitter alerted constituents he was holding a surgery told and the location of where it was being held.

Essex Police said: ‘We were called to reports of a stabbing in Eastwood Road North, LeighonSea shortly after 12.05pm today (Friday 15 October). 

‘Officers were on scene shortly after, arrested a man and recovered a knife. He is currently in custody.

‘We are not looking for anyone else in connection with the incident and do not believe there is an ongoing threat to the wider public.

‘We want to thank the public who alerted us to the incident so quickly.

‘We need anyone who saw anything or has CCTV, dash cam or doorbell footage to contact us.’

Sir David Amess was pleased to attend an event in Parliament yesterday to support #OnePunchAwarenessWeek

Sir David Amess was pleased to attend an event in Parliament yesterday to support #OnePunchAwarenessWeek

Pictures showed that police have cordoned off the scene in the aftermath of the attack and said they had arrested one man

Pictures showed that police have cordoned off the scene in the aftermath of the attack and said they had arrested one man

Sir David was selected to contest the Basildon seat and was elected as an MP June 9, 1983.

East Ham MP Stephen Timms, who was stabbed at a constituency surgery in 2010, know him well and am thinking of him with very best wishes as we await further news.”

London Mayor Sadiq Khan tweeted: “Truly awful news. My thoughts and prayers are with David Amess MP, his family, staff and the community at this incredibly difficult time.”

One witness called the incident “very distressing” and described seeing someone being taken out of the building and put into the back of a police car, before he was asked to leave the area.

“At that point obviously we knew something serious had happened,” he told LBC.

“Within five minutes we’d been informed by someone who was actually in the building what had happened and apparently he (Sir David Amess) had been stabbed quite a few times. It’s very distressing that’s for sure.”

He added: “It’s a nice area… it’s not something that you’d see happening round this area that’s for sure.

“It’s just a residential street with a Methodist church on the road and you don’t often hear of things like this going on down this way.

“To have it next door to where you’re working is obviously very upsetting and very unlike what it’s like round here. It’s very odd and it’s very distressing, that’s for sure.”

A spokesman for Sir David’s office in Westminster said: ‘The incident has happened. I don’t know what the incident is. We are still waiting.’

An employee of Jean’s Laundry, near Belfair’s Methodist Church, said she did not know anything about the situation but had seen emergency service vehicles go by.

‘We just saw all the police and the ambulances turning up, it was probably about half past 12 or just before then,’ she told the PA news agency.

‘I saw about two or three ambulances and then an undercover police car and other police cars going past.

‘There’s usually people walking past, elderly people walking to the shops. We’ve still got no idea what’s going on, we’re not very busy on a Friday and no one has come in to talk to us about it.’

Media opportunities to film the start of a Cabinet meeting on Friday have been cancelled, as was a planned interview with Prime Minister Boris Johnson, which was due to take place afterwards.

It is unclear whether the Cabinet meeting is going ahead.

ATTACKED ON THE JOB: TRAGIC MPs KILLED AND INJURED WHILE IN OFFICE 

Conservative MP Sir David Amess was stabbed ‘multiple times’ during a constituency surgery today. 

The attack on him was the 10th time an MP has been killed or attacked. 

Today’s attack follows the brutal shooting and stabbing of Jo Cox in 2016. She was the first time a sitting MP has been killed in more than 20 years. 

The Labour MP for Batley and Spen was shot and stabbed multiple times in the street in the village of Birstall by far-right activist Thomas Mair. She had been due to hold a constituency surgery

Jo Cox was the first MP killed in more than 20 years after she was stabbed and shot to death in 2016

Jo Cox was the first MP killed in more than 20 years after she was stabbed and shot to death in 2016

Eastbourne MP Ian Gow

Enfield Southgate MP Sir Anthony Berry

Eastbourne MP Ian Gow, left, MP for Enfield Southgate Sir Anthony Berry, centre, were both killed while in office

In 1990, Eastbourne MP Ian Gow, a former private parliamentary secretary to Margaret Thatcher, was killed by an IRA car bomb at his Sussex home at the age of 53.

Before him, the MP for Enfield Southgate Sir Anthony Berry died in the IRA bombing of Brighton’s Grand Hotel, where Mrs Thatcher was staying for the 1984 Conservative Party conference.

The IRA also claimed the life of Ulster Unionist Party MP Robert Bradford, who was shot dead aged 40 while holding a constituency surgery in a Belfast community centre in 1981.

And the Irish National Liberation Army claimed responsibility for the murder of former Northern Ireland secretary Airey Neave, whose car was blown up as he drove out of the parliamentary car park at Westminster in 1979. In 1922, Field Marshall Sir Henry Hughes Wilson was killed in an IRA attack.  

A number of MPs have also been attacked while holding public surgeries.  

Ulster Unionist Party MP Robert Bradford

Former Northern Ireland secretary Airey Neave

Ulster Unionist Party MP Robert Bradford (left) was killed and former Northern Ireland secretary Airey Neave (right) was killed after his car was blown up as he drove out of the parliamentary car park at Westminster in 1979

Former Labour Cabinet minister Stephen Timms

Baron Jones of Cheltenham, right, was attacked by Robert Ashman with a samurai sword in January 2000

Former Labour Cabinet minister Stephen Timms (left) was stabbed twice by a student who had booked an appointment to see him in east London in 2010. Baron Jones of Cheltenham, right, was attacked by Robert Ashman with a samurai sword in January 2000

Former Labour Cabinet minister Stephen Timms was stabbed twice by a student who had booked an appointment to see him in east London in 2010.  

Roshonara Choudhry was jailed for life for stabbing East Ham MP Stephen Timms in his constituency surgery in May 2010.

And in 2000, former Liberal Democrat MP Nigel Jones, now a peer, came under attack by a man wielding a samurai sword, with the politician’s aide Andrew Pennington killed while trying to protect him. 

In January 2000, deranged Robert Ashman attacked Baron Jones as he conducted a surgery in his Cheltenham constituency.

Ashman seriously injured Baron Jones and stabbed to death his aide Mr Pennington as he tried to protect him. Pennington, 39, tried to fight off the attacker with an electric fire. 

‘Praying for another MP just carrying out his job’: Shocked politicians say MPs ‘should be able to do their job without fear’ as Sir David Amess becomes 10th to be attacked while in office

There are fresh fears for MPs’ safety after Conservative MP Sir David Amess was stabbed at a constituency surgery this afternoon. 

The MP for Southend West, 69, was stabbed ‘multiple times’ by a man as he spoke to constituents at Belfairs Methodist Church in Leigh-on-Sea.

MPs from across Parliament quickly sent their best wishes to Sir David whose condition is unknown. 

Several also called for greater security for politicians after the attack, which follows the murder of Labour MP Jo Cox in 2016. 

Conservative MP and former party leader Sir Iain Duncan Smith said he is ‘very worried’ to have heard Sir David Amess was stabbed ‘a number of times, not just once’.

He told the BBC News channel: ‘Obviously at the moment right now all I can think of are prayers for him and his family, him for a safe recovery, and them for the most terrible emotions they must be going through.

‘The reality for us is that we see constituents all the time, both in their houses and in surgeries.

‘We’re out and about, we’re always available, we must be available, it’s the most critical bit of what makes the British parliamentary system I think one of the most accessible in the world, and that’s because we want it that way.

‘We don’t want to be cowed or frightened into doing something different, and I certainly won’t, and I know my colleagues will feel the same.

‘So I hope this is resolved very, very quickly, as I say, but we will certainly want to continue the way that we do things.

‘Of course there may be some other elements that may be added to it, but notwithstanding that I want my constituents to have full access and I’m sure David would have felt the same.’ 

East Ham MP Stephen Timms, who was stabbed at a constituency surgery in 2010, wrote on Twitter: ‘Appalled to hear of the attack on @amessd-southend today. I know him well and am thinking of him with very best wishes as we await further news.’

Former prime minister David Cameron tweeted: ‘Very alarming and worrying news reports coming from Leigh-on-Sea. My thoughts and prayers are with Sir David Amess and his family.’

 

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