Latest Statement in Relation to the Death of Batley and Spen MP Jo Cox (17 June 2016)

Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), said:

"Firstly, I want to restate my deep horror and revulsion at the senseless taking of Jo Cox's life which has devastated her family and friends and her community. My condolences and thoughts continue to be with her family.

"Being at the church vigil and witnessing the huge impact this tragedy is having on Batley and Spen, and nationally and internationally, demonstrates what a very special person Jo was to so many.

"At the moment we have an ongoing criminal investigation into the circumstances that led to Jo's untimely death and it is crucially important that we let the police carry on doing their job to ensure justice for Jo's family, her colleagues and the wider community.

"I would also like to extend my thanks for the brave and quick actions of the officers who apprehended the suspect nearby.

"It is totally understandable that people will want answers to valid questions around what led to this tragic incident and those answers, I have no doubt, will come in due course, but it is crucially important that we ensure that potential criminal proceedings, charges and due process is not jeopardised in any way.

"I want to reassure people that I will do everything within my power as Police and Crime Commissioner, with West Yorkshire Police, to ensure the people of Batley and Spen, and communities across West Yorkshire are safe and feel safe at this difficult time."   

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