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British Conservative Politician Sir David Amess Dead After Being Stabbed While Meeting Constituents

A Conservative Party minister in the U.K. has died after being stabbed during a meeting with his constituents at a church, according to police.

David Amess, 69, was speaking at a Methodist Church Friday when a man entered and stabbed him. Police arrived after 12:05 p.m. local times and arrested a man for the stabbing.

“We are not looking for anyone else in connection with the incident and do not believe there is an ongoing threat to the wider public,” Essex police said in a statement, adding that officers had recovered a knife.

Police confirmed around 3 p.m. local time that “a man has died.” The arrest has now been upgraded to “on suspicion of murder.”

LEIGH-ON-SEA, ENGLAND: Police officers and ambulance crew attend following the stabbing of Conservative MP Sir David Amess as he met with constituents at a constituency surgery on Oct. 15, 2021. Sir David Amess, 69, Conservative MP for Southend West from Basildon, was stabbed multiple times at his constituency. INSET: David Amess MP in the Prime Ministers Office at 10 Downing Street on Oct. 16, 2016, in London (Photo by John Keeble/Getty Images | Photo by Zoe Norfolk/Getty Images)

Amess’ office had previously confirmed to Reuters that he had been stabbed but provided no other details. John Lamb, a fellow conservative councilor, said he was still at the church and police were only letting paramedics in.

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An air ambulance flew in so that Amess could receive treatment at the scene for his injuries.

  • Emergency services at the scene near the Belfairs Methodist Church in Eastwood Road North, where Conservative MP Sir David Amess has reportedly been stabbed several times at a constituency meeting. (Nick Ansell/PA via AP)

  • British police and media reports said that Conservative lawmaker David Amess was stabbed during a meeting with constituents in eastern England on Friday. A man has been arrested. (Yui Mok/PA via AP)

  • Emergency services at the scene near the Belfairs Methodist Church in Eastwood Road North, where Conservative MP Sir David Amess has reportedly been stabbed several times (Yui Mok/PA via AP)

  • Police at the scene near the Belfairs Methodist Church in Eastwood Road North, where Conservative MP Sir David Amess has reportedly been stabbed several times. (Nick Ansell/PA via AP)

  • Friday, Oct. 15, 2021. British police and media reports said that Conservative lawmaker David Amess was stabbed during a meeting with constituents in eastern England on Friday. ( (Nick Ansell/PA via AP))

Former Prime Minister David Cameron said the incident was “very alarming and worrying.”

Labour leader Sir Kier Starmer said the incident was “horrific and deeply shocking.”

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Amess had been a member of parliament since 1983 and a member of his current constituency – Southend West in Essex – since 1997.