Outrage as vile ‘Tory hunting club’ graffiti appears in Essex one week after Amess murder

David Amess suspect Ali Harbi Ali charged with murdering MP

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The words, spray-painted in white, read: “TORY MP HUNTING CLUB.” The graffiti, spotted by park users in Essex, was painted on the wall of a railway viaduct near the river in Central Park, Chelmsford – just a half an hour drive away from where the MP for Southend West was murdered.

This is not the first time graffiti has been seen in Central Park.

Anti-lockdown messages, such as “POLICE STATE 1984”, have frequently been spotted on the same wall over the course of the last year.

Sir David Amess, 69 was stabbed to death just after midday last Friday during a constituency surgery in Leigh-on-Sea.

He died in Belfairs Methodist Church, where the surgery was being held.

Home Secretary Priti Patel has asked all police forces to review security arrangements for MPs “with immediate effect”, a Home Office spokesman said.

Sir Lindsay Hoyle, Speaker of the House of Commons, also said MP’s security would have to be examined.

He said Sir David’s death would “send shockwaves across the parliamentary community and the whole country”, telling BBC Two’s Newsnight that police were contacting all MPs to check on their safety and reassure them.

Sir David, who was married with five children, is the second serving MP to be killed in the past five years, following the murder of Labour MP Jo Cox in 2016.

There was an outpouring of grief from the local community, and the UK as a whole, following his death.

Prosecutors have since charged Ali Harbi Ali, 25, with his murder and the preparation of terrorist acts.

The police have said they believed Mr Ali to have been acting alone, and are not seeking anyone else in connection with the attack.

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said it would argue to the court that the murder had “a terrorist connection, namely that it had both religious and ideological motivations”.

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Head of the CPS special crime and counter-terrorism division, Nick Price, said: “We will submit to the court that this murder has a terrorist connection, namely that it had both religious and ideological motivations.

“He has also been charged with the preparation of terrorist acts.

“This follows a review of the evidence gathered by the Metropolitan police in its investigation.”

A provisional trial date had been identified for March 7.

Sir David’s family visited Belfair’s methodist church on Monday morning.

His wife, Julia Amess, was seen reading the dozens of messages left with flowers outside the Church.

Boris Johnson and Sir Keir Starmer were among those who left flowers with personal messages about Sir David over the weekend.

Speaking about Sir David, Mr Johnson said he had an “outstanding record of passing laws to help the most vulnerable”.

“David was a man who believed passionately in this country and in its future. We’ve lost today a fine public servant and a much-loved friend and colleague,” he added.

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