Family of Sir David Amess say they are 'absolutely broken' after 'cruel and violent' murder & appeal for an end to hate

THE family of Sir David Amess tonight said they are "absolutely broken" after the "cruel and violent" murder of the loving father and husband.

They also appealed for an end to hatred after the MP was knifed during a constituency surgery in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, on Friday. 




His wife Julia and five children tonight paid tribute to "courageous" Sir David in a touching statement.

They told how they are "enormously proud" of their husband and father, saying: "Our hearts are shattered."

The statement read: “Strong and courageous is an appropriate way to describe David. He was a patriot and a man of peace."

“So, we ask people to set aside their differences and show kindness and love to all.

"This is the only way forward. Set aside hatred and work towards togetherness.

“Whatever one’s race, religious or political beliefs, be tolerant and try to understand.

“As a family, we are trying to understand why this awful thing has occurred. Nobody should die in that way. Nobody.

“Please let some good come from this tragedy. We are absolutely broken, but we will survive and carry on for the sake of a wonderful and inspiring man.”

It comes as terror cops were today spotted hauling bags of evidence from the home of a man suspected of murdering Sir David, as officers descended on three London houses.

Officers were seen carrying sacks out of the Ali Harbi Ali's house in Kentish town – while police combed his childhood home of in Croydon, as well as his father's home in bounds green.

FAMILY MAN

It follows a recently uncovered clip showing devoted family man Sir David say his wife and five children paid a "paid a big price" to allow him to do his job.

Speaking on an A-level student's home-made documentary in 2011, the MP says coping with his high-profile role and the impact on his family life is “very, very tough indeed”.

Sir David spoke about upping his personal security after Jo Cox was shot and stabbed by a far-right extremist in 2016 in his book Ayes & Ears: A Survivor’s Guide to Westminster.

AMESS FAMILY STATEMENT IN FULL

SIR David Amess’ family released a tribute that reads:

“The family would like to thank everyone for the wonderful, wonderful tributes paid to David following his cruel and violent death. 

“It truly has brought us so much comfort. The support shown by friends, constituents and the general public alike has been so overwhelming. 

“As a family it has given us strength. We have realised from tributes paid that there was far, far more to David than even we, those closest to him, knew.

“We are enormously proud of him. Our hearts are shattered. However, there was still so much David wanted to do – this we know from the events of the last few days. So, this is not the end of Sir David Amess MP. 

“It is the next chapter and as a family we ask everyone to support the many charities he worked with. 

“There are so many to mention, so find one close to your hearts and help.

“David had recently joined a campaign to help raise funds for a memorial to Dame Vera Lynn. 

“To him she epitomised the strength and courage of our nation. We would ask as many people as possible to support this and meet the target to complete the project.

“Closer to home, David was working hard for Southend to gain city status. In his memory, please show your support for this campaign.

“Strong and courageous is an appropriate way to describe David. He was a patriot and a man of peace. 

“So, we ask people to set aside their differences and show kindness and love to all. This is the only way forward. Set aside hatred and work towards togetherness.

“Whatever one’s race, religious or political beliefs, be tolerant and try to understand.

“As a family, we are trying to understand why this awful thing has occurred. Nobody should die in that way. Nobody.

“Please let some good come from this tragedy. We are absolutely broken, but we will survive and carry on for the sake of a wonderful and inspiring man.”

The MP was facing threats just a few days before his death, pals have said.

The former mayor of Leigh-On-Sea and colleague of Sir David, John Lamb, told the Sunday Telegraph: "The police were alerted about some sort of threat made against Sir David.

"There's been no threat received through the local Conservative Party offices that I know of, but Sir David had received a threat against him.

"I don't know the nature of it but it was rather upsetting and the police were alerted. It was in the past few days."

Police are said to believe the threat was unrelated to the stabbing.

Yesterday the tragic MP's cousins laid flowers outside the Essex church where he was murdered and wrote "we will always love you".

Speaking in a 2011 documentary, Sir David spoke of the burden his job has taken on his loved ones, the Sunday People reports.

He said: “All I will say is, my family has paid a big price for me being a member of Parliament, that bears no doubt.”

'UPSETTING THREAT'

Last year, the MP for Southend West wrote that he had “experienced nuisance” from “the odd member of the general public” in his book Ayes & Ears: A Survivor’s Guide to Westminster.

He also admitted he had upped his personal security after Jo Cox was shot and stabbed by a far-right extremist in 2016.

Sir David said the killing was carried out “in the most barbaric fashion imaginable” and he had been advised to avoid meeting constituents alone.

After MP Nigel Jones was attacked with a machete in 2000, Sir David wrote: “We all make ourselves readily available to our constituents and are often dealing with members of the public who have mental health problems, it could happen to any of us.”

Addressing security, the book reads: “We regularly check our locks and many others have CCTV cameras installed but probably the most significant change has been with constituency surgeries.

“The British tradition has always been that Members of Parliament regularly make themselves available for constituents to meet them face to face at their surgeries.

“Now advice has been given to be more careful when accepting appointments.

'TRUE PARLIAMENTARIAN'

“We are advised to never see people alone, we must be extra careful when opening post and we must ensure that our offices are properly safe and secure.

“In short, these increasing attacks have rather spoilt the great British tradition of the people openly meeting their elected politicians.”

But pals said the MP – who was called a "true parliamentarian" in touching tributes – "hated Zoom" and would not have wanted to stop meeting people.

In a touching tribute, Ann Widdicombe said: "He hated online. He wanted face to face meetings with his constituents and, even if their problem was the 30th similar case he’d heard that day, he’d attack it relentlessly."

Sir David had urged his constituents to meet him in person in his tragic last tweet ahead of Friday's stabbing.

He wrote: "My next constituency surgery will be taking place on Friday 15th October at Belfairs Methodist Church, 251 Eastwood Road North, Leigh-on-Sea, SS9 4NG."

It was last night revealed that the man being held is Ali Harbi Ali. Witnesses said the suspect appeared “dead behind the eyes” after the attack.

The killer of Sir David is accused of travelling 50 miles by train to kill him – and allegedly had told the MP's staff that he had recently moved to the area.

Counter-terror cops believe he boarded a service in London to carry out the lone wolf attack.

The suspect is believed to have waived his right to silence on arrest and allegedly admitted fatally stabbing dad-of-five Sir David 17 times at his constituency surgery at a church hall in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex.

The suspect had not been on MI5’s “subject of interest” list. But he had been referred to the early stages of the Government Prevent anti-terror scheme.

Cops and security services are examining the theory he was ­radicalised online during lockdown. And they believe the suspect may have been inspired by al-Shabaab, an al-Qaeda offshoot operating in Somalia and Kenya.

Cops said that the suspect had Islamist material on his phone and may have targeted Tory Sir David, 69, because he was a symbol of the British Government. The attack was also linked to a jihadist ideology because of statements the suspect reportedly made to arresting officers.

Yesterday he was being held at a police station in London. Officers can quiz him until October 22. Sources said he lives in North London but had family ties to Southend, close to Leigh-on-Sea. Two addresses in the capital were being searched.





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