Conservative MP Sir David Amess was stabbed to death while he attended a constituency surgery in Leigh-on Sea, Essex on Friday. Met police declared the fatal stabbing of Sir David as a “terrorist incident” last night.
In a statement, the force said: “The fatal stabbing in Leigh-on-Sea has tonight been declared as a terrorist incident, with the investigation being led by Counter Terrorism Policing.
“The investigation is being led by the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command who are working closely with colleagues from the Eastern Region Specialist Operations Unit (ERSOU) and Essex Police.
“Senior National Coordinator for Counter Terrorism Policing, Deputy Assistant Commissioner Dean Haydon formally declared the incident as terrorism.
“The early investigation has revealed a potential motivation linked to Islamist extremism.”
Met police have said a 25-year-old British man was arrested at the scene on suspicion of murder.
The man is currently in custody at a police station in Essex.
The force added that officers are continuing to conduct searches at two addresses in London.
They said: “As part of the investigation, officers are currently carrying out searches at two addresses in the London area and these are ongoing.
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Speaking from Downing Street, the Prime Minister said: “I think the reason people are so shocked and so saddened is above all he was one of the kindest, nicest, most popular people in politics.
“He also had an outstanding record of passing laws to help the most vulnerable.
“We’ve lost today a fine public servant and a much-loved friend and colleague, and our thoughts are very much today with his wife, his children, and his family.”