Tory MP David Amess pleaded with Boris to tackle knife crime earlier this year

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A Tory MP who was stabbed to death this afternoon had previously pleaded with the Prime Minister to help reduce knife crime in a bid to stop "senseless murders" earlier this year.

Sir David Amess, 69, who represented Southend West Essex, was stabbed multiple times at Belfairs Methodist Church in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex after a man reportedly ran into the church in the last hour before launching the attack on Friday, October 15.

Sir David was holding a surgery when he was stabbed multiple times at the premises on Eastwood Road North shortly after 12.05pm. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

A man has been arrested on suspicion of murder and a knife was recovered at the scene, according to police.

The attack comes months after the Southend MP asked Boris Johnson to commit to reducing knife crime on March 3 after one of his constituents Luke Bellfield, 18, was stabbed to death in an alleyway near a pub on February 26.

Sir David Amess said at the time to Boris Johnson: "Last Friday, my constituent Mr Luke Bellfield, who was aged just 18, was stabbed to death just a few miles from his family home.

"This has been horrendous for his family and friends who have been left behind, and my heart goes out to them all.

"What more does my Right Honourable Friend think that the police, society and Parliament can do to make sure that there never will in the future be such senseless murders again?

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In response, the Prime Minister said that more police would be recruited to help tackle crime.

He said: "I sympathise very much with Luke’s family and his friends and there is nothing I can say to alleviate their loss.

"But what we are doing, Mr Speaker, is recruiting many more police officers to fight crime, rolling up the county lines drug gangs wherever we can and setting out plans to keep serious sexual and violent offenders behind bars for longer.

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"I can tell the House that we’ve now got 6,620 of our target extra 20,000 police already recruited."

Essex Police have confirmed that a man has been arrested in connection to Mr Amess murder and is currently in custody.

They are not looking for anyone else in connection to the incident and believe there is no longer a threat to the wider public.

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