British Member of Parliament David Amess stabbed to death
A Member of Parliament in Britain, David Amess, was killed after being stabbed several times during a meeting with his constituents at a church in eastern England.
Amess was 69. A 25-year-old suspect has been arrested.
Reports said a man walked into Belfairs Methodist Church in Leigh-on-Sea, south Essex, where Amess was holding a surgery with locals on Friday and attacked the politician.
Colleagues from across parliament expressed their shock and sorrow and paid tribute to Amess, who held regular meetings with voters on the first and third Fridays of the month, saying he was diligent in his duties to his local area. Amess leaves behind a wife and five children.
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he and his cabinet were “deeply shocked and heart-stricken”.
Violence against British politicians is not rare. In June 2016, Labour Party lawmaker Jo Cox was fatally stabbed and shot in her northern England constituency. A member of the far right was convicted of her murder.
In 2010, Labour lawmaker Stephen Timms survived a stabbing in his constituency office.
The British government is considering enhanced security measures for members of Parliament, including sending police protection when they meet with constituents at regular town hall-style events.
UK lawmakers are protected by armed police when they are inside Parliament, but have no such protection in their constituencies