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British MP David Amess died following knife attack at constituency clinic

17:21, 15 October 2021
British MP David Amess died following knife attack at constituency clinic

The attack was carried out in Belfairs Methodist Church in Leigh-on-Sea around noon.


Member of the Conservative Party Sir David Amess, 69, was attacked with a knife on Friday during a meeting with his constituents. The parliamentarian did not survive the assault, police forces reported.

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

The incident took place in the south-eastern of the country, during the MP’s scheduled surgery.

According to British media, an unidentified man entered the constituency surgery and stabbed the parliamentarian several times. Amess was taken to hospital shortly after the assault but the doctors could not save the politician.

Police representatives have announced that they arrested a 25-year-old man and took him to custody. Officers have also found the knife the offender used. They added that they were not searching for other suspects and that there was no public threat.

"We want to thank the public who alerted us to the incident so quickly," an official said.

The Labour Party’s leader Keir Starmer has expressed his condolence after the announcement, as well as leader of the Liberal Democrats Ed Davey.

Amess was a Member of Parliament since 1983 and is known as one of the longest-serving lawmakers of the House of Commons.