The name of the man arrested for the murder of Tory MP Sir David Ames is Ali Herbie Ali.
The 25-year-old, who is a British national with Somali heritage, is not believed to have previously been known to the security services.
However, the investigation is still in its early stages and may change if new details emerge.
The suspect was arrested on Friday at a Methodist church in Lay-on-Sea, Essex, where MPs from Southend West were meeting constituents.
Sources confirmed his name till this evening.
Tragedy comes as…
- Boris Johnson pays tribute to Sir David – and says ‘our hearts are full of shock and sadness’
- Anti-terrorism police interrogates 25-year-old man arrested on suspicion of murder
- A British citizen of Somali origin, the suspect allegedly stabbed the MP 17 times – and sat down peacefully while waiting for police to arrive
- PM visited the spot along with Sir Keer Starmer and Priti Patel and laid wreaths on white flowers
- Sir David was told to stop meeting constituents alone after the murder of Joe Cox – and wrote that similar attacks “could happen to any of us”.
- Mrs Cox’s sister says her frightened husband has asked her to withdraw from politics after the terror
- Priti Patel begins review of security of MPs after murder
- There were tears at a vigil as friends and constituents remembered the much-loved MP
Counter-terrorism police have searched two London homes as they investigate whether Ali may have links to Islamic extremism.
sources told earlier Guardian He shares the details with a man who was earlier referred to the government’s counter-terrorism program.
The Prevent plan calls on the public and key activists to recognize the early signs of radicalization.
Whitehall sources told many times The suspect was a “self-radicalised” lone operative known to counter-terrorism police.
The newspaper claims that police and security services believe he may have been inspired by the jihadist group al-Shabab, an offshoot of al-Qaeda operating in Somalia and Kenya.
And the police are reportedly investigating whether the man was radicalized online during the lockdown.
Ali is understood to have lived in London after his family moved to Britain from the war-torn East African country in the 1990s.
Tonight it was reported that Sir David has family ties to the Southend West constituency.
His immediate background checks are being conducted to establish any possible links with jihadist groups.
The health record of the suspect is also being examined to check his mental history.
In January 2019, ministers announced the creation of an independent review of prevention as part of the Anti-Terrorism and Border Security Act.
In previous years’ statistics there were 6,287 referrals for prevention – a 10 percent increase from the previous year.
It emerged that last year 1,487 (24 per cent) were referred to concerns with Islamist radicalization and 1,387 (22 per cent) with far-right links.
Prevent has long been opposed by a number of Muslim and Islamic groups in Britain, including the Muslim Council in Britain.
united in sorrow
Sir David, representing Southend West in Essex, was attacked at the Belfair Methodist Church in the afternoon.
Paramedics fought fiercely to save the aggrieved MP, while horrified constituents watched as the suspect was carried away by bloodshed.
However, despite his many efforts, he died on the spot.
On Saturday morning, Boris Johnson joined Sir Keir Starmer and Priti Patel to offer flowers at the church.
Mr Johnson and Sir Keir both wore black suits and white flowers as they walked alongside the church during an unannounced visit at 9 a.m.
Mrs. Patel, who brought yellow and purple flowers, was wearing a black coat.
Politicians went in front of the church in person to pay their respects before returning to their cars, which were escorted by a police convoy.
Speaking at a news conference yesterday evening, Chief Constable Ben-Julian Harrington said the force would “keep an open mind” in its investigation.
A Home Ministry spokesperson said that Home Secretary Priti Patel has asked all police forces to review the security arrangements for MPs with immediate effect.
It has been confirmed that all politicians will be contacted regarding their security arrangements.
MP Tobias Ellwood has called for all meetings between politicians and constituents on Zoom in the wake of the terror.
Former Green Jackets who gave CPR to police officer Keith Palmer, who was killed during the Westminster terror attack, said: “The Parliamentarian’s engagement with the public is an important part of our work.
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“but [it’s] perceptible [there’s] Now there is a lot of uneasiness among the MPs
“I would recommend a temporary break in face-to-face meetings till the Home Secretary’s review of MP security is completed.”
However, former cabinet minister David Davies said such a move would be “a terrible reflection of what David is standing up to”.
He told Sky News: “I don’t think we should do that. I’m sorry, I disagree with Tobias on that.
“I don’t think David (agreed) would either.
“Sure, we should be cautious, maybe we should do something to make sure that the people who come to see us are truthful, but I think it would be a bad idea to really withhold.
“It would be a terrible reflection of what David stood for – David himself was the last constituency MP.
“You can see that in the reaction of the people in his constituency.”
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