Sir Lindsay Hoyle lays flowers at scene of Sir David Amess death amid terror inquiry

Chorley MP Sir Lindsay Hoyle has joined Prime Minister Boris Johnson and laid flowers at the scene of the fatal stabbing of MP Sir David Amess, which police believe could be linked to Islamist extremism.

Saturday, 16th October 2021, 10:22 am
Updated Saturday, 16th October 2021, 10:24 am

Mr Johnson, accompanied by Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer, Commons Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle and Home Secretary Priti Patel, laid a wreath at the front of Belfairs Methodist Church in Leigh-on-Sea, where Sir David was killed on Friday.

It came after Scotland Yard said the country’s most senior counter-terror officer, Deputy Assistant Commissioner Dean Haydon, has formally declared the incident as terrorism and said early investigations have revealed “a potential motivation linked to Islamist extremism”.

Sir David, 69, who had been an MP since 1983, was fatally injured while meeting constituents.

Labour Party Leader Keir Starmer, Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Speaker of the House of Commons Sir Lindsay Hoyle and Home Secretary Priti Patel arrive to lay flowers outside the Belfair Methodist Church following the stabbing of UK Conservative MP Sir David Amess

A 25-year-old man arrested at the scene on suspicion of murder is in custody at an Essex police station.

Official sources told the PA news agency the man is believed to be a British national with Somali heritage.

As part of the investigation, officers were also carrying out searches at two addresses in the London area, the Met said.

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