The incident in Leigh-on-Sea is now a declared terrorist incident and the victims pathway will be enacted.
If you feel that you, or someone you know, needs support following a terrorist attack, emotional and practical support is available for you. Speak to Victim Support first by phoning free on 0808 168 9111 (24/7)
The Home Office funds four organisations as part of a victim and survivor pathway to help victims and survivors cope with, and recover from, the impact and consequences of a terrorist attack.
• Victim Support – conducts terror incident needs assessments (TINA) for each survivor – they refer individuals on to the following services if appropriate
• Cruse Bereavement Care – provides bereavement support and advice to those victims not currently eligible for support through the homicide service (that is, individuals who are not immediate family members)
• South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (SLAM) – provides clinical mental health assessments and onward referral for those affected by terrorism
• Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Peace Foundation – facilitates a long-term, peer support network to help victims and survivors of terrorism support each other
Any person who received support from the Peace Foundation, may contact their caseworker firstname.lastname@example.org
What is known so far is that this is a lone actor is reported as having attacked Sir David at his Friday constituency surgery in a church hall.
There are direct witnesses including his office colleagues and others as this was in a community building – a Methodist church hall. He has a large direct family. He was married and leaves his wife and five children and there will be grandchildren as well.
The perpetrator is reported as a 25-year-old male, British of Somali descent and so the attack is being assumed as Islamist inspired. It is also being reported, not yet confirmed, the perpetrator was known to the authorities and may have been involved in a Channel referral or Prevent type engagement.