Clydebank's MP has said his thoughts are with a parliamentary colleague who had died in an violent attack earlier today.

Conservative MP Sir David Amess, 69, was attacked at a surgery in his Southend West constituency on Friday in Leigh-on-Sea and was pronounced dead this afternoon.

Martin Docherty-Hughes MP said it was "horrific" news and sent his thoughts to Sir David and his family.

Je said: "The murder of David Amess MP is a direct attach on parliamentary democracy. No matter party or anything for that matter should mean that someone goes to work & never goes back As an ex-Essex lad I always found him considerate and dedicated to his constituents."

In a statement, Essex Police said officers arrived at the scene in Eastwood Road North shortly after 12.05pm and arrested a man.

A knife was also recovered from the area.

Essex Police said in a statement: "A man has been arrested on suspicion murder after a man was stabbed in Leigh-on-Sea.

"We were called to an address in Eastwood Road North shortly after 12.05pm today (Friday 15 October).

"We attended and found a man injured. He was treated by emergency services but, sadly, died at the scene.

"A 25 year-old man was quickly arrested after officers arrived at the scene on suspicion of murder and a knife was recovered. He is currently in custody.

"We are not looking for anyone else in connection with this incident."

An employee of Jean's Laundry, near Belfair's Methodist Church, said she did not know anything about the situation but had seen emergency service vehicles go by.

"We just saw all the police and the ambulances turning up, it was probably about half past 12 or just before then," she told the PA news agency.

"I saw about two or three ambulances and then an undercover police car and other police cars going past.

"There's usually people walking past, elderly people walking to the shops. We've still got no idea what's going on, we're not very busy on a Friday and no one has come in to talk to us about it."

Tributes have been paid to the long-standing MP.