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Conservative MP Sir David Amess has died of multiple stab wounds sustained during a horrific knife attack at a community surgery he was holding inside a church hall.

The 69-year-old politician and dad-of-five, who represented Southend West in Essex, was holding a surgery at Belfairs Methodist Church in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, when an attacker allegedly stormed in and stabbed him 'multiple times'.

Emergency services including armed police and an air ambulance were scrambled to the scene in a bid to save his life, but Sir David tragically died of his injuries inside the church hall.

A police spokesperson said: "A man has been arrested on suspicion murder after a man was stabbed in Leigh-on-Sea.

"We were called to an address in Eastwood Road North shortly after 12.05pm today (Friday 15 October).

"We attended and found a man injured.

"He was treated by emergency services but, sadly, died at the scene."

"A 25 year-old man was quickly arrested after officers arrived at the scene on suspicion of murder and a knife was recovered. He is currently in custody.

"We are not looking for anyone else in connection with this incident. We want to thank the public who alerted us to the incident so quickly."

There was an outpouring of horror and grief in the wake of the deadly attack.

Brendan Cox, the husband of murdered MP Jo Cox who was killed at a similar surgery in 2016, said: "Attacking our elected representatives is an attack on democracy itself. There is no excuse, no justification. It is as cowardly as it gets."

Carrie Johnson, the Prime Minister’s wife, tweeted: “Absolutely devastating news about Sir David Amess.

“He was hugely kind and good. An enormous animal lover and a true gent. This is so completely unjust. Thoughts are with his wife and their children.”

A local shop worker told Daily Star: 'Huge police presence down there at the moment.

"I don't know exactly what's happened but it makes me go cold.

"Nobody deserves that on their own doorstep.'

An employee of Jean's Laundry, near Belfair's Methodist Church in Eastwood Road, said she did not know anything about the situation but had seen emergency service vehicles go by.

"We just saw all the police and the ambulances turning up, it was probably about half past 12 or just before then," she told the PA news agency.

"I saw about two or three ambulances and then an undercover police car and other police cars going past.

"There's usually people walking past, elderly people walking to the shops. We've still got no idea what's going on, we're not very busy on a Friday and no one has come in to talk to us about it."

One witness called the incident "very distressing" and described seeing someone being taken out of the building and put into the back of a police car.

"At that point obviously we knew something serious had happened," he told LBC.

"Within five minutes we'd been informed by someone who was actually in the building what had happened and apparently he (Sir David Amess) had been stabbed quite a few times. It's very distressing that's for sure."

He added: "It's a nice area… it's not something that you'd see happening round this area that's for sure.

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