BREAKING: Man charged with murdering Conservative MP David Amess
Police confirm a 25-year-old man has been charged with the murder of Conservative MP, Sir David Amess
A 25-year-old man has been charged with the murder of Sir David Amess and the preparation of terrorist acts, the Crown Prosecution Service confirmed on Thursday.
Police have named the suspect as Ali Harbi Ali.
Over the weekend, police were studying CCTV taken near Ali's home.
Video footage showed a man walking with a backpack across his right shoulder and his hand in his left pocket.
It was filmed from outside a convenience store on Highgate Road, Kentish Town, at 8.44am on Friday (October 15), just hours before the attack.
The CPS has authorised charges against Ali Harbi Ali for the murder of MP Sir David Amess. He has also been charged with the preparation of terrorist acts.
Sir David, 69, died after being stabbed multiple times at a constituency surgery in Leigh-on-Sea on Friday.
The MP for Southend West, who had served in the House of Commons in various seats since 1983, was holding a surgery at the Belfairs Methodist Church when he was attacked shortly after midday.
His wife Julia and their five children said they were "absolutely broken" by his killing, adding in an emotional statement "As a family, we are trying to understand why this awful thing has occurred. Nobody should die in that way".
The widower of Labour MP Jo Cox, who was murdered in an attack in 2016, led tributes to the late Sir David, saying his murder was "as cowardly as it gets".
Prime Minister Boris Johnson led tributes to the Conservative MP in the House of Commons on Monday.
Johnson described Sir David as "one of the kindest, nicest, most gentle people in politics".