'Had human excrement thrown at me' Former councillor recalls horror following Amess murder

Former independent councillor Stephen Aylen told Sky News’ Adam Boulton how he has endured human excrement being thrown at him and numerous physical attacks from members of the public simply for doing his job. He claimed social media has played a pivotal role in sparking the surge in abuse politicians face.

Sir David, 69, who had been an MP since 1983, was fatally injured while meeting constituents at his regular constituency surgery.

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.

Sir David Amess served as Member of Parliament for Southend West from 1997 until 2021.

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