UK Police begin reviewing MPs’ security measures following the murder of David Amess

The UK police will be in touch with all 650 UK MPs this weekend to assess their security measures following the assassination of Conservative MP David Amess on Friday in what security forces called a “terrorist attack”.

All MPs are being contacted today by their local police officer to question them about the security arrangements they may need under Interior Secretary Pritti Patel’s instructions and amid state mourning for the death of Amess, according to Sky News.

The country’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson and opposition leader Keir Starmer began this Saturday with a visit to Essex, where he laid flowers at the Belfairs Methodist Church in Leigh-on-Sea, where Amess was having a meeting with his constituents at the time of his assassination.

UK Police begin reviewing MPs’ security measures following the murder of David Amess
UK Police begin reviewing MPs’ security measures following the murder of David Amess

Then both of them observed a minute’s silence in front of the crime scene.

The review is being conducted as part of Operation Bridger, a nationwide security operation designed to protect police forces to improve the security of MPs that began after Labor MP Jo Cox was assassinated in 2016.

After the operation started five years ago, many MPs were given key chains that connect them to emergency services and panic alarms that they can place in their homes and offices.

Amess was stabbed to death by a 25-year-old British man of Somali descent who was arrested at the scene during a meeting with his constituents in Essex County.

According to sources in The Guardian newspaper, the detainee, whose name has not been published, shares “the same details” as a person who appeared in the Prevent program for those “at risk of ideological radicalization”.

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