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Conservative MP Sir David Amess has reportedly been stabbed 'multiple times' during a constituency surgery in Leigh-on-Sea.
Amess represents the constituency of Southend West in Essex, and was allegedly stabbed while holding a surgery at the Belfair's Methodist Church.
Sky News reports that a man walked into the surgery and stabbed the Tory MP 'multiple times'.
His condition is currently unclear.
Essex Police said in a statement: "We were called to reports of a stabbing in Eastwood Road North, #LeighonSea shortly after 12.05pm today (Friday 15 October).
"Officers were on scene shortly after, arrested a man and recovered a knife. He is currently in custody.
"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.
"We want to thank the public who alerted us to the incident so quickly.
"We need anyone who saw anything or has CCTV, dash cam or doorbell footage to contact us. If you have any information you can submit a report online at https://www.essex.police.uk or use the 'Live Chat' button to speak to an online operator between 7am-11pm.
"Please quote incident 445 of 15 October. You can also call us on 101 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111."
Sir David Amess has been a member of Parliament since 1983, having served as the MP for Basildon until 1997, when he was elected MP for Southend West.
The Jo Cox Foundation is horrified to hear the news of the attack on Sir David Amess MP. We are thinking of him, his family and loved ones at this distressing time.- The Jo Cox Foundation (@JoCoxFoundation) October 15, 2021
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."
Horrific and deeply shocking news. Thinking of David, his family and his staff.
- Keir Starmer (@Keir_Starmer) October 15, 2021
Opposition leader Keir Starmer tweeted: "Horrific and deeply shocking news. Thinking of David, his family and his staff."
Labour deputy leader Angela Rayner tweeted: "I'm horrified by the reports regarding David Amess and an incident at his constituency surgery today.
"We don't know the details yet but on behalf of all of us in the Labour Party I want to say all of our thoughts are with David and we all hope that he pulls through and is ok."
Additional reporting by PA News Agency.
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