MP Jo Cox injured amid shooting reports

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Jo Cox is the Labour MP for Batley and Spen

An MP has been injured amid reports of a shooting and stabbing in Birstall, West Yorkshire.

Unconfirmed reports suggest Jo Cox, Labour MP for Batley and Spen, was shot and stabbed. A man was also thought to have been stabbed.

It is understood the MP was holding a surgery at Birstall Library before the attack.

Police said a 52-year-old man had been arrested.

The MP was taken by air ambulance to Leeds General Infirmary. Armed police are outside the hospital.

An eyewitness said the 41-year-old mother of two was left lying and bleeding on the pavement after the incident.

Eyewitness Hithem Ben Abdallah, 56, was in a cafe next door to the library shortly after 1pm when he heard screaming and went outside.

“There was a guy who was being very brave and another guy with a white baseball cap who he was trying to control and the man in the baseball cap suddenly pulled a gun from his bag”.

After a brief scuffle, he said the man stepped back and the MP became involved.

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It is understood the MP was holding a surgery at Birstall Library before the attack, close to where it happened

Mrs Cox was taken to the Leeds General Infirmary where there are armed police outside.


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