Anti-terror police were searching the home of a Sir David Ames murder suspect last night, where houses on One Celeb Street sell for £2 million.
Officers were pictured guarding the council flat where suspect Ali Herbie Ali lives in north London, the 69-year-old MP who was stabbed to death on Friday.
It’s on a street in a £2 million three-story townhouse where neighbors include broadcaster Giles Coren and formerly the late actor Roger Lloyd Pack, who played Trigger in Only Fools and Horses.
Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer, who laid flowers at the church where Sir David Ames was killed yesterday, is a local parliamentarian and lives just a few streets away.
The property was one of three addresses being searched on Saturday by police probing links to Islamic extremism after extremist material was found on Ali’s phone.
A 25-year-old British national of Somali heritage is being questioned on suspicion of killing Sir David at a constituency surgery in Leh-on-Sea, Essex on Friday.
Scotland Yard detectives were given six more days yesterday to interrogate him under the Terrorism Act, allowing them to catch him until Friday.
The Met said: “Late Friday, after being in police custody, the man was later taken into custody under Section 41 of the Terrorism Act 2000 and is now being held at the London Police Station.
“On Saturday, further detention warrants were issued for detectives at Westminster Magistrates’ Court, allowing them to keep the man in custody until 22 October, when the warrant expired.”
The force confirmed that officers attended and searched three addresses in the London area.
A statement said: “Search of one of them has been completed and others are on. The post-mortem has been done today.”
Police and security services are said to be investigating the theory that Ali was radicalized online during the lockdown.
And he believes the suspect may have been inspired by al-Shabaab, an al-Qaeda branch operating in Somalia and Kenya.
Ali is understood to have lived in London after his family moved to Britain from the war-torn East African country in the 1990s.
Last night it was reported that Sir David had family ties to the Southend West constituency.
His father, Herbie Ali Kulne, a former adviser to the Prime Minister of Somalia, confirmed that his British-born son was in custody.
They told day times: “I feel so hurt. It’s not something I expected or even dreamed of.”
It is feared that Ali had planned his deadly attack more than a week in advance. told The Mail on Sunday.
An immediate background check is being conducted to establish any possible links with the jihadist groups.
The health record of the suspect is also being examined to check his mental history.
Ali is understood to have been sent to the government’s radical rescue plan, but was not on MI5’s active threats list.
Essex Chief Constable Ben-Julian Harrington confirmed that national counter-terrorism officials are leading the investigation after the terror was formally declared a terrorist attack.
Tragedy comes as…
- The suspect in the murder of Sir David Ames was named Ali Herbie Ali, 25, after counter-terrorism police gave him six more days to question.
- The alleged killer was on the terror alert list and his phone had extremist material
- Knife “dead behind eyes” allegedly stabbed MP 17 times – and sat calmly while waiting for police to arrive
- Boris Johnson pays tribute to Sir David – and says “our hearts are full of shock and sadness”
- Murdered Jo Cox’s Sister Says Her Scared Husband Has Asked Her to Quit Politics After 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
It is understood that Sir David’s killer had not booked an appointment to meet the MP, but was allowed a walk-in meeting after a 40-minute wait.
After stabbing her 17 times, he quietly sat beside her lifeless body in the church, waiting for the police to arrive, it is reported.
Witness Anthony Finch said: “He was wearing jeans and a white top and was completely cool.
“He was in his mid-20s and seemed to voluntarily get into a police car. He was obedient.”
Neighboring West Leigh Councilor John Lamb said Sir David was with two female members of staff when a man “literally took out a knife and just started stabbing it”.
Mr Lamb said the two women, one of whom is PA Julie Cushion, were heartbroken.
He said: “They are devastated. I have no idea of the purpose. He had no known enemies.
“I’m told the man waited to watch in peace. It’s terrifying. So terrifying.”
Sir David, 69, who represents Southend West in Essex, was attacked in the afternoon at Belfairs Methodist Church.
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.
Speaking at a news conference Friday 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.
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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.
“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.”
RIP Sir David
Sir David was one of the longest-serving MPs in the House of Commons.
He was born in Essex in 1952 and has served the region for 38 years as an MP.
Sir David was a Tory MP from 1983, first for the seat of Basildon, and since 1997 for Southend West, where he holds a majority of 14,459.
He was a supporter of Brexit and supported the leave in the referendum, saying it was “dangerous” and a “mistake” to remain in place.
The lifelong backbencher never held any top government positions, but was well versed in lobbying ministers from the backbenches.
The MP has long had a passion for animals and was a patron of the Conservative Animal Welfare Foundation along with the prime minister’s wife, Carrie. He also campaigned against fox hunting.
Sir David was a Roman Catholic and opposed abortion laws and same-sex marriage.
On foreign policy, he voted for the Iraq War, but was very critical of the latter’s failure to find any WMDs.
Earlier this year, Sir David along with his family launched a new campaign for a permanent memorial to Dame Vera Lynn.
The MPs said that he was indeed a respected politician and was well-liked by members of all spectrum.
He has one son and four daughters married.
Home Secretary Priti Patel said questions about the security of MPs following the killing of Sir David Ames were “rightly being asked” and she would “provide updates in due course”.
Robert Halfon, a Tory MP for Harlow and a friend of Sir David, explained: “He was the embodiment of the Essex man.
“He was just the most wonderful and kind and funny and kind politician we were fortunate enough to know in our lifetimes.”
Chancellor Rishi Sunak tweeted: “The worst aspect of violence is its inhumanity. It steals happiness from the world and can take away from us what we love most.
“Today it took a father, a husband and a respected colleague. All my thoughts and prayers are with the loved ones of Sir David.”
Judith Cannon, vice-president of the local Conservative club and a friend of Sir David, told Sky: “I can’t believe it, I don’t know how someone can harm a kind man like David.
“I don’t understand how someone can be so evil as to harm this man.
“We love him so much. No one is perfect, but he is as perfect as possible.”
Mr Lamb described Sir David as a “cordial” family man.
He said: “He is a family man, he has four daughters and a son.
“He is always trying to help the people and especially the refugees he has tried to help. He is a very friendly person and he sticks to his guns, says what he believes in And he sticks to it.”
History of violent attacks on MPs
Sir David is the latest MP to be killed while in office.
Labor MP Joe Cox was assassinated in June 2016 by right-wing hardliner Thomas Mayer as she was on her way to surgery in Battelle and a constituency in Spain.
Her assassination, which took place just days before the EU referendum, sparked national outrage and prompted politicians to widely increase their security.
Mayer was sentenced to life imprisonment for the attack.
In 2010, Labor MP Stephen Timms was stabbed by a woman.