London — Conservative lawmakers were stabbed during a meeting with local voters in southeastern England on Friday afternoon, according to reports from British media. Congressman David Amess, the London office, confirmed that the incident had taken place in the South End region of Essex, but said he could not provide further details.
Ames was scheduled to meet with voters at the Belfairs Methodist Church when the attack was reported.
The incident has echoed the 2016 puncture wound of Labor lawmaker Jo Cox, who was killed when a right-wing extremist targeted her outside a meeting with members.
In a statement, Essex police said they had responded to reports of being stabbed at Eastwood Road North shortly after 12:05 pm.
“The policeman went to the scene shortly thereafter, arrested the man and regained his knife. He is currently in custody,” he said.
“I’m not looking for someone else in connection with the incident, and I don’t think more people are in constant threat,” police said. They warned of the incident very quickly, but added that they would like to thank the general public for information from anyone who saw something or had footage of CCTV, dashcams, or doorbells.