Sir David Amess: Priti Patel facing questions over suspect held on suspicion of murdering MP

Home Secretary Priti Patel arrives arrives for a regional cabinet meeting at Rolls Royce in Bristol. Picture date: Friday October 15, 2021.
Home Secretary Priti Patel arrives arrives for a regional cabinet meeting at Rolls Royce in Bristol. Picture date: Friday October 15, 2021.

The suspect, a British national from Somali descent, is named Ali Harbi Ali

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The Home Secretary will face questions concerning what was known about a suspect held on suspicion of murdering MP Sir David Amess as police were granted extra time to question him.

Sir David, 69, who had been an MP since 1983, was meeting constituents at Belfairs Methodist Church in Leigh-on-Sea on Friday afternoon when he was stabbed multiple times in a frenzied attack.

The MP spoke to PR professional Richard Hillgrove to discuss the Children’s Parliament, an event where youngsters are matched with MPs, soon before the attack, the Sunday Times reported.

The newspaper reported Mr Hillgrove ended the Zoom call at 12.02pm, three minutes before the married father-of-five was stabbed.

A man arrested at the scene on suspicion of murder was later further detained under section 41 of the Terrorism Act 2000 and is in custody at a London police station.

A warrant of further detention, which allows detectives to hold the man until October 22, was granted at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Saturday.

The name the police have for the suspect is Ali Harbi Ali.

The man is believed to be a British national with Somali heritage.

The investigation is said to be assuming there was an Islamist extremist motivation for the attack.