Police say a 25-year-old suspect is in custody after stabbing a British MP in a local constancy meeting.

Sixty-nine-year-old Sir David Amess MP was holding a meeting in his region of Southend West at Belfairs Methodist Church in Leigh-on-Sea, hearing concerns from citizens.

This Friday, after noon United Kingdom time, Essex Police say they received a call to the church about a stabbing. Amess was found stabbed.

"He was treated by emergency services but, sadly, died at the scene," Essex Police say in a statement.

British authorities have a 25-year-old man in custody and are not looking for any other suspects. They have recovered the knife.

essex policeEssex Police block off the church's street. (Essex Police)

Belfairs Methodist Church remains closed at this time.

“Sir David Amess MP was a faithful and dedicated public servant for many years. He was well known to the Methodist family locally and widely respected. We offer our deep condolences to his family, colleagues, friends and constituents. This senseless act of violence is appalling, and we extend our prayers to all who have been affected by it," Methodist Conference President Revd Sonia Hicks and Vice-President Barbara Easton say in a statement.


Prayer from the Methodist Church of Great Britain

Gracious God

We are thankful for all those who give their lives to public service; we are deeply saddened when it comes at such cost. Be with all who loved the late David Amess MP and especially with his family at this awful time.

Lord, we pray for all those affected by this violent act. May your comforting love and healing grace be with them all.

In Christ’s name we pray.