MPs could be offered further security measures while appearing in public after the murder of Sir David Amess.

The Home Secretary Priti Patel has said police officers may be deployed in future and be stationed at the entrance to an MP’s surgery.

Other measures could include scanning all participants for weapons, if police deem it necessary.

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.

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.

The 25-year-old has been named in the media as Ali Harbi Ali.

MPs have been contacted by their local police officers in light of the death.

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