A HAMPSHIRE police boss has expressed her heartfelt condolences following the death of MP, David Amess.

The MP for Southend West in Essex was attacked at Belfairs Methodist Church in Leigh-on-Sea.

He was treated at the scene but died of his injuries.

Commenting on his death, the Hampshire Police and Crime Commissioner Donna Jones, said: “Following the horrific death of Sir David Amess, my heartfelt thoughts and condolences go out to his family and friends. This appalling attack is not only a human tragedy but a direct attack on our democracy.

“The whole country has been shocked by this awful event, and it has left many of those elected to represent the public feeling concerned for their safety and the safety of their staff.

“Hampshire Constabulary has made contact with all MPs, and are assessing what more needs to be done to reassure MPs to enable them to continue their important work in their constituencies.

“By standing together in condemning the attacks on any democratically elected individual, we reaffirm that regardless of political affiliation, intimidation, aggression or violence will never be accepted.”

Southampton politicians previously gave their tributes.

Royston Smith, the Tory MP for Southampton Itchen, said: "A nicer man you would struggle to find. Just outrageous."

Meanwhile, Alan Whitehead, Labour MP for Southampton Test, said: "I am deeply saddened by the shocking death of Sir David Amess and once again this is a terrible day for our democracy."