Tributes paid to murdered MP as stabbing declared a terrorist incident.


The fatal stabbing of the Southend West MP Sir David Amess was yesterday declared a terrorist incident with the investigation being led by Counter Terrorism Policing.

The investigation is being led by the Met Police’s Counter Terrorism Command who are working closely with Eastern Region Specialist Operations Unit and Essex Police.

Senior National Coordinator for Counter Terrorism Policing, Deputy Assistant Commissioner Dean Haydon formally declared the incident as terrorism. The early investigation has revealed a potential motivation linked to Islamist extremism.

Mr Amess was found with multiple stab wounds yesterday just after 12pm at Eastwood Road North, Leigh On Sea. He was holding his constituency surgery when the incident happened.

Officers are currently carrying out searches at two addresses in the London area. A 25 year old British man believed to be of Somalian origin was arrested at the scene on suspicion of murder.

Tributes have been paid to Sir David.

Following the tragic murder of Sir David Amess MP, Romford Conservative Association, has released the following statement:

Councillor Judith Holt, Chairman, said: “Everyone in the Romford Conservative Association is horrified and deeply grieved to hear of the murder of Sir David Amess M.P. David was a wonderful friend and supporter of Andrew Rosindell M.P. and of all in Romford. He served his constituents in Essex with devotion and loyalty for almost forty years and was a true British patriot. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and colleagues at this dreadful time.”

Romford MP Andrew Rosindell wrote:

“I am utterly devastated. David was my oldest friend in the House and a close friend for four decades. I feel sick inside at what has happened. We’ve all lost a very special person in our lives. My thoughts and prayers are with Julia and the family on this tragic day.”

Dagenham and Rainham MP Jon Cruddas wrote:

“I am truly saddened to hear of today’s events. Sir David was rightly popular across the house and an MP who was dedicated to his constituency. My immediate thoughts go to Sir David’s family in this sad time of shocking loss.”

Havering’s Leader of the Council, Councillor Damian White wrote:

“Such a huge loss – many happy memories working with Sir David who was so dedicated to his constituents. He will be missed.”

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