On-servative MP Sir David Ames has been stabbed to death several times during a meeting with constituents.
Here’s what we know so far:
– Essex Police said the response to emergency services was immediate and officers arrived at the scene within minutes.
A 25-year-old man was immediately arrested on the spot on suspicion of murder and is still in custody.
Official sources told the PA news agency that the man is believed to be a British citizen of Somali heritage.
– The Metropolitan Police declared the incident an act of terrorism, after preliminary investigations revealed “a possible motivation linked to Islamic extremism”.
Police said that a knife has been recovered.
Southend councilor John Lamb, a friend of Sir David, said the attacker was waiting to see the MP in the church and “pulled out a knife and stabbed him” when called.
Detectives are not looking for any other suspects, although the Met said officers were conducting searches at two addresses in the London area as part of their investigation.
Sir Lindsay said that in the coming days, there should be discussion about the security of MPs and whatever measures should be taken.
– Ms Patel has asked all police forces to review security arrangements for MPs “with immediate effect”, and added that “measures will be taken to protect MPs so that they can perform their duties”.
– The National Police Chiefs Council said every UK MP would be contacted by Operation Bridger, a nationwide police security protection campaign set up in 2016 to discuss safety precautions.
– Mr Johnson said Sir David was “one of the kindest, nicest, most gentlemen in politics”, while former Conservative Prime Minister Theresa May said his death was “heartbreaking”, adding: ” A sad day for our democracy.”
After the death of Sir David, the flags were lowered at half-mast outside the Parliament.