Conservative MP Sir David Amess has died after being stabbed multiple times at a constituency surgery.

The 69-year-old, who has been the Member of Parliament for Southend West since 1997, and was MP for Basildon from 1983 to 1997, was assaulted at Belfairs Methodist Church.

Essex Police have arrested a 25-year-old man on suspicion of murder who is currently being held in custody. It is not yet confirmed whether the attack was terror-related, but counter-terrorism officials are assisting the investigation.

In a statement, an Essex Police spokesperson said: “We were called to reports of a stabbing in Eastwood Road North, Leigh-on-Sea, shortly after 12.05pm today. 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.”

Paramedics were treating Amess at the scene for around two hours. An air ambulance later flew to the scene, with armed police and a forensic team deployed.

The Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Home Secretary Priti Patel returned to London from a regional Cabinet meeting in Bristol following news of Amess’ stabbing.