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Norfolk police has said that it has contacted local MPs to discuss security in the light of the death of Sir David Amess in Essex.

Sir David, the 69-year-old MP for Southend West, was killed in a knife attack at his constituency surgery held at Belfairs Methodist Church in Leigh-on-Sea.

Today Norfolk and Suffolk constabularies issued a joint statement to offer reassurance to local communities following the tragic death.

Armed police officers at the scene near the Belfairs Methodist Church in Eastwood Road North, Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, where Conservative MP Sir David Amess has died after he was stabbed several times at a constituency surgery. A man has been arrested and officers are not looking for anyone else. Picture date: Friday October 15, 2021.. (52324580)
Armed police officers at the scene near the Belfairs Methodist Church in Eastwood Road North, Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, where Conservative MP Sir David Amess has died after he was stabbed several times at a constituency surgery. A man has been arrested and officers are not looking for anyone else. Picture date: Friday October 15, 2021.. (52324580)

It said: "In light of the attack yesterday in Leigh-on-Sea in Essex, which has been declared as a terrorist incident by the Metropolitan Police, representatives from both forces have contacted MPs to offer advice regarding their security.

"Counter-terrorism officers are working alongside Essex Police and the Eastern Region Specialist Operations Unit."

Assistant Chief Constable Eamonn Bridger, protective services and joint justice services, said: “Our thoughts are with the friends and family of Mr Amess after this awful incident which is believed to have been carried out by a man who was acting alone.

Sir David Amess. Picture: PA (52324554)
Sir David Amess. Picture: PA (52324554)

“We would urge communities to continue to be tolerant and supportive of all those affected by the tragedy and encourage anyone who suffers as a result of this incident to get in contact with us.”

North West Norfolk MP James Wild and South West Norfolk MP Liz Truss, who is a member of the Cabinet as Foreign Secretary, would be contacted about their security the police said. Politicians in county have expressed horror at the event.

A National Police Chiefs’ Council spokesman said every MP will be contacted individually by Operation Bridger representatives in their local force to discuss their security arrangements, and to ensure they are aware of all advice pertaining to their personal safety and security.

"They will also speak to MPs about security arrangements for any events they are planning to attend in the coming days, so the appropriate advice can be provided.

A police officer at the scene near the Belfairs Methodist Church after MP Sir David Amess was stabbed to death in Essex. Picture: PA (52324551)
A police officer at the scene near the Belfairs Methodist Church after MP Sir David Amess was stabbed to death in Essex. Picture: PA (52324551)

He added: “We encourage MPs to immediately report any security concerns to their local police force in order to keep themselves, their staff and members of the public attending surgeries safe. Funding is available through the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority for security needs.”

The investigation is now being led by the Metropolitan Police’s Specialist Counter-Terrorism Command and has been declared by the Senior National Coordinator for Counter Terrorism as a terrorist incident.

A 25-year-old man has been arrested in connection with this incident and the police are not looking for anyone else at this stage.



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