Conservative MP Sir David Amess has died after being stabbed multiple times at a meeting with constituents.
A suspect, a 25-year-old man, has been arrested on suspicion of murder after the Tory veteran was stabbed during a constituency surgery in Essex.
The 69-year-old victim, who had been an MP since 1983, was fatally injured at Belfairs Methodist Church in Leigh-on-Sea on Friday.
The father-of-five is the second sitting MP to be killed in such circumstances in five years, following the death of Labour MP Jo Cox in 2016 as she attended a constituency surgery.
Witnesses described the scene as “very distressing”.
A police spokesman 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.
“We attended and found a man injured.
“He was treated by emergency services but, sadly, died at the scene.”
Police said a 25-year-old man has been arrested and a knife was recovered.
Detectives are not looking for any other suspects, and have asked witnesses with footage such as CCTV to come forward.
Councillor John Lamb, who was at the scene, said: “He’s a family man, he’s got four daughters and a son.
“He’s always trying to help people and especially refugees he’s tried to help.
“He’s a very amicable person and he does stick by his guns, he says what he believes and he sticks by it.”
Aerial footage showed multiple police officers outside the church and an air ambulance at the scene.
A large cordon extended down Eastwood Road, with members of the public gathering behind it, and multiple side streets closed off.