Barking and Dagenham MPs have reacted to the "horrific" fatal stabbing of Sir David Amess.

The Tory MP for Southend West was attacked during a constituency surgery at Belfairs Methodist Church in Leigh-on-Sea earlier today (October 15).

Essex Police has confirmed the 69-year-old father of five died at the scene.

A 25-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder and a knife was recovered by police.

Commenting before news of Sir David's death, Barking MP Margaret Hodge described the attack as "just horrific".

She tweeted: "My thoughts are with David and anyone else involved in this terrible incident."

In a tweet, Dagenham and Rainham MP Jon Cruddas wrote: "Absolutely terrible news, my thoughts are with David and his family and friends."

Sir David was born in Plaistow and went to St Bonaventure's school in Forest Gate.

He was a Redbridge councillor in the 1980s.

Police, fire and crime commissioner for Essex, Roger Hirst, said: “This is a shocking and utterly despicable attack against somebody who was an outstanding MP and has worked tirelessly for their community for many, many years.

"My prayers are with Sir David’s family at this incredibly difficult time. I also want to acknowledge the officers who attended the event for their bravery and courage.

“It is vital that we give the police all our support to ensure that they can do their job at this time. For anybody who has information please do not hesitate to contact the police.”