Labour MP Jo Cox shot, stabbed in Birstall

Labour MP Jo Cox was left bleeding on the pavement after being shot and stabbed in Birstall in West Yorkshire.

By: Agencies | London | Updated: June 16, 2016 8:47:57 pm
In this May 12, 2015 photo, Labour Member of Parliament Jo Cox poses for a photograph. Britain's Press Association says Labour lawmaker Jo Cox has been injured in a shooting near Leeds, England, it has been reported, Thursday June 16, 2016. (Yui Mok/PA via AP, File) UNITED KINGDOM OUT NO SALES NO ARCHIVE In this May 12, 2015 photo, Labour Member of Parliament Jo Cox poses for a photograph. (Source: Yui Mok/PA via AP, File)

A 41-year-old British woman MP from the opposition Labour Party was today shot and stabbed in her constituency in northern England and was said to be in a critical condition.

Jo Cox, a mother of two, was left bleeding on the pavement after the incident in Birstall in West Yorkshire, media reports said.

Cox reportedly got involved in a scuffle between two men in the village of Birstall. An eyewitness said one of the men was fighting with Cox and then a gun went off twice.

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West Yorkshire Police said in a statement, “At 12.53 today, police were called to a report of an incident on Market Street, Birstall, where a woman in her 40s had suffered serious injuries and is in a critical condition.”

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“A man in his late 40s to early 50s nearby also suffered slight injuries. Armed officers attended and a 52-year-old man was arrested in the area,” the statement said.

“Police presence in the area has been increased as a reassurance to the community,” it said.

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