Jo Cox: 'I'm deeply saddened to hear of her untimely death', says policing expert Peter Bleksley

Jo Cox: 'I am deeply saddened to hear of her untimely death today', says policing expert Peter Bleksley

Scenes after the fatal attack

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Labour MP for Batley and Spen Jo Cox has passed away in hospital after she was shot and stabbed earlier today.

Policing expert Peter Bleksley says: "this isn't the first occasion MPs have been subjected to violence".

Cox was left bleeding on the ground by her attacker, and a 71-year old man was also injured. The MP had been holding a weekly advice surgery nearby. A 52 year-old man was arrested.

Witnesses have claimed he shouted 'Britain first' before the attack and afterwards walked away calmly.

Former police officer Bleksley warned about the targeting of MPs.

"This isn't the first occasion sadly when MPs have been subjected to violence during their surgeries, it's clearly an area on vulnerability for them," he told Sam Delaney.

"I'm always particularly saddened when I hear about the death in service of somebody who is a public servant, and lets remember our MPs in the main are not money-grabbing, expenses fiddling, unscrupulous people.

"I think they do great public service, and I am deeply saddened to hear of her untimely death today."

He also revealed the ease in which some people have access to guns.

"If you have the right connections, or should I describe them as the wrong connections, then it is possible to lay your hands on a weapon for not an awful lot of money.

"We do have strict gun laws, the punishments for carrying a gun in this country are severe. We largely have an unarmed police force, and for all those things I think we need to be extremely grateful."

Bleksley also has concerns that we may one day need a fully armed police force.

"Unfortunately I feel in my lifetime if I'm lucky enough to make old age, we will probably have a fully armed police service. I know many police officers are staunchly against that, but I think there is almost a mission here as more people gain access to illegally held weapons."