This evening the Chief Constable of Essex Police gave the following address outside police HQ:
“At just after midday today Essex Police were called to reports of a stabbing in Eastwood Road North, Leigh.
“The response of the emergency services to this incident was immediate, and our officers arrived on scene within minutes.
“When they arrived, they found Sir David Amess MP who had suffered multiple injuries.
“This was a difficult incident but our officers and paramedics from the East of England Ambulance Service, worked extremely hard to save Sir David.
“Tragically, he died at the scene.
“A 25-year-old man was arrested immediately at the scene on suspicion of murder. He remains in custody. A knife was also recovered at the scene.
“The investigation is in the very early stages and is being led by officers from the Metropolitan Police’s Specialist Counter Terror Command. We made it clear at the time of the incident that we did not believe there was any immediate threat to anyone else in the area. It will be for investigators to determine whether or not this may have been a terrorist incident.
“As always they will keep an open mind.
“Today is a tragic day for the family and colleagues of Sir David, the community of Southend and indeed for the whole county.
“Sir David, had dedicated his life to serving the communities of Essex and today he was simply dispensing his duties when his life was horrifically cut short. I know the residents of Essex and Southend West will stand with me today in remembering a member of our community.
“Here at Essex Police officers right across our force, particularly in Southend, have enjoyed a long-standing working relationship with Sir David and today’s events will be hard to take in for everyone who knew him. Specially trained family liaison officers continue to support his family.
“Our officers will continue to work around the clock to ensure justice is delivered for Sir David and his family. I would like to thank local people here in Southend for their understanding as the investigation continues.
“We urge anyone who may have information about today’s events to Essex Police by calling us on 101.
“We ask for the privacy of his family to be respected at this time and our thoughts and prayers remain with them.”