Conservative MP Sir David Amess has died after being stabbed at his constituency surgery in Essex, police have said.
Sir David, who had represented Southend West in Essex since 1997, was stabbed multiple times on Friday afternoon at Belfairs Methodist Church in Leigh-on-Sea as he met constituents as a regular surgery.
Essex police were called to the scene at around 12:05 BST where they recovered a knife and arrested a man.
Mr Amess, 69, had been receiving treatment for his injuries following the attack but later died at the scene.
“A man has been arrested on suspicion murder after a man was stabbed in Leigh-on-Sea,” Essex Police said in a statement.
“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.”
Since learning of his passing, many have taken to social media to pay tribute to Mr Amess.
Conservative MP Tracey Crouch said “I could write reams on how Sir David was one of the kindest, most compassionate, well liked colleagues in Parliament. But I can’t. I feel sick. I am lost.
“Rest in Peace. A little light went out in Parliament today. We will miss you.”