By now few will be unaware of the terrible news that Sir David Amess, Conservative MP for Leigh-on-Sea, and 69-year-old father of five, lost his life in a brutal knife attack in a constituency meeting at Belfairs Methodist Church.
The 25-year-old assailant, Ali Harbi Ali, was arrested at the scene of the crime, after a frenzied attack in which Sir David was stabbed 17 times. Ali was born in Britain and grew up in comfortable circumstances. It is believed that he was radicalised by watching YouTube videos of convicted hate preacher Anjem Choudary.
Police still do not know why Sir David was targeted. At first they believed that it was because of his religious or pro-life views, but Ali may simply have wanted to kill the first national politician he could find.
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