Police given more time to question suspect David Amess killing – live

2021-10-17 12:42:21

David Amess: MP murder suspect detained by police

Police have been given six more days to question the man suspected of murdering Tory MP Sir David Amess in a terrorist attack amid reports he had previously been referred to the government’s counterterrorism scheme.

The 25-year-old is being detained for questioning at a London police station under section 41 of the Terrorism Act 2000.

He was arrested at the scene of the attack on the MP, who was fatally stabbed while meeting his constituents during a surgery at Belfairs Methodist Church in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, on Friday.

Police are yet to confirm identity of the suspect, a British national of Somali heritage, but his name has been reported to be Ali Harbi Ali.

Home secretary Priti Patel, who visited the scene in Essex alongside prime minister Boris Johnson and Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer on Saturday, is drawing up protection plans for MPs which could include a regular police presence at weekly surgeries.

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Priti Patel drawing up police protection plan for MPs

Home secretary Priti Patel is busy drawing up extra protection plans for MPs, which could include a regular police presence at weekly surgeries like the one at which the MP for Southend West was stabbed to death on Friday.

Police forces contacted all 650 MPs following Sir David Amess’ death to offer reassurance and support, with some deploying officers to public events MPs were attending.

Our political editor Andrew Woodcock has more details:

Chiara Giordano17 October 2021 08:24

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Police given six more days to question murder suspect

Police have been given six more days to question the man suspected of murdering Sir David Amess in a terrorist attack amid reports he had previously been referred to the government’s counterterrorism scheme, Prevent.

The 25-year-old – a British national of Somali heritage – is being detained for questioning at a London police station under section 41 of the Terrorism Act 2000.

Police have not yet confirmed the identity of the suspect, but he has been named in reports.

My colleague Peter Stubley has the full story:

Chiara Giordano17 October 2021 08:12

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Good morning and welcome to The Independent’s live coverage as police continue to investigate the killing of Conservative MP Sir David Amess who died after being stabbed at a constituency surgery in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, on Friday afternoon.

Officers have been given six more days to question a 25-year-old murder suspect, who is said to have been referred to the government’s counterterrorism scheme, Prevent.

Home secretary Priti Patel, meanwhile, is drawing up extra protection plans for MPs.

Chiara Giordano17 October 2021 08:06

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