Leeds MP Shooting Tragedy
Yorkshire MP has died after an attack in Birstall.
Sadly, on the 16 June 2016, Jo Cox, the Batley & Spen MP, was shot and stabbed in a horrifying attack whilst working in her constituency in Leeds.
Mrs Cox had been carrying out her constitute duties (a surgery) in Birstall when the attack happened.
These surgeries are regularly used by MPs to speak directly to constituents and to give the opportunity for people to meet their member of parliament to voice their concerns, but more importantly it allows dedicated MPs like Jo Cox the opportunity to directly help the people that they were elected to serve.
Witnesses described the assailant, now identified locally as Tommy Mair, as having shot Mrs Cox multiple times, once in the face area, following a skirmish with another individual.
The assailant then proceeded to repeatedly stab the victim with what appeared to be a knife, described by one witness as being ‘a foot long’.
A 77 year-old man also suffered slight injuries.
Dee Collins, the acting chief constable of West Yorkshire Police said “A full investigation is underway to establish the motive for this attack.”
“Clearly, as this inquiry is at an early stage and we have an individual under arrest, we are not in a position to discuss any motive at this time.”
Political leaders from all parties have paid tribute to the newly-elected MP.
Mrs Cox was attacked in an extremely violent and senseless manner. The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA), is a government-funded organisation created to compensate people whom are innocent victims of violent crime such as Mrs Cox. As well as this, the CICA do not only compensate direct victims of violent crime, but it may be possible to make a claim if you have witnessed or were present at the immediate aftermath of an incident or if you are a close relative of a person who dies as a result of their injuries.
It may go without saying, but if you have been an innocent victim of a violent crime it is imperative that you report the matter to the Police at the earliest convenience to ensure that investigations are undertaken into the incident as soon as possible.
Visit our dedicated CICA page if you want to know more about the scheme.
Our thoughts are with the family and friends of Mrs Jo Cox at this difficult time.