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Norfolk politicians express shock following fatal stabbing of Sir David Amess

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Politicians in West Norfolk have spoken of their shock following the fatal stabbing of one of their Parliamentary colleagues today.

Sir David Amess, who was 69, was attacked while conducting a surgery in his Southend West constituency.

A 25-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of his murder.

Sir David Amess has been stabbed to death at Belfairs Methodist Church in Leigh-on-Sea in Essex (52302786)
Sir David Amess has been stabbed to death at Belfairs Methodist Church in Leigh-on-Sea in Essex (52302786)

The former North West Norfolk MP Lord Bellingham, who entered the House of Commons with Sir David in 1983, said this evening he was "just devastated".

He added: "He was one of the nicest, most honourable, decent people you could ever, ever hope to meet.

"He really did represent the best of Parliament. It's a sad, sad day for democracy.

Earlier, the Foreign Secretary and South West Norfolk MP, Liz Truss, tweeted: "Devastated to hear the terrible news about Sir David Amess MP.

"He was a lovely, lovely man and a superb parliamentarian. My thoughts are with all his family and friends."

The current North West Norfolk MP, James Wild, tweeted: "Such terrible and devastating news about Sir David Amess. He was such a warm, kind, and generous man. A tragic loss and my thoughts are with his family and all his many friends."

Their Mid-Norfolk counterpart, George Freeman, added: "Terrible.

"David was the embodiment of all that’s best in our democracy: unfailingly polite, kind, collegiate and a tireless MP for the people of Basildon & Southend since 1983."

Sir David was attacked while conducting a constituency surgery at Belfriars Methodist Church in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex.

He received treatment at the scene, but died shortly afterwards.

Essex Police said they were called to the area at around 12.05pm and confirmed they were not looking for anyone else in connection with the incident.

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