Detectives given more time to hold suspect arrested for Sir David Amess murder

Detectives have been given more time to hold the suspect arrested on suspicion of the murder of Conservative MP Sir David Amess.

The 25-year-old, who has been named in the media as Ali Harbi Ali, was arrested immediately after the fatal attack at Belfairs Methodist Church in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, on Friday.

Police have not named the suspect who is under arrest and have made no comment on the naming.

In a statement referring to the suspect being held, Scotland Yard said: ‘Late on Friday, whilst in police custody, the man was subsequently further detained under section 41 of the Terrorism Act 2000 and he is now being held at a London police station.

‘On Saturday, detectives were granted a warrant of further detention at Westminster Magistrates’ Court, allowing them to keep the man in custody until October 22, when the warrant expires.

‘As part of the fast-paced investigation, officers have attended three addresses in the London area and conducted searches. One of these searches has concluded and the others are ongoing. A post-mortem examination has taken place today.’

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