South Tyneside fell silent to pay a sombre tribute to tragic MP Jo Cox who was killed in a horror attack.
More than 20 people observed two minutes’ silence on the steps of South Shields Town Hall tonight in honour of the Labour MP.
She was killed on Thursday after being shot and stabbed as she headed to her constituency advice surgery in Birstall, West Yorkshire. A 52-year-old man has been arrested.
Leading the vigil was South Shields MP Emma Lewell-Buck.
“What’s happened is horrible and personally, I’ve lost a dear friend,” said an emotional Ms Buck.
“A lot of people knew her for the work she did in helping refugees but she was also a staunch campaigner on social care issues.
“I’ve not stopped crying since I heard the news yesterday.
“She will be a huge miss.”
Jarrow MP Stephen Hepburn has also expressed his sympathy and offered his condolences to Ms Cox’s family.
He said: “I am of course shocked and appalled by what has happened.
“We have lost a brilliant MP who committed herself to public service and to campaigning for those less fortunate. It is difficult to imagine what Jo’s family are going through right now, and my thoughts and prayers are with them at this deeply sad time.”
After the tragedy, the EU referendum campaign was suspended by both the Vote Leave and Britain Stronger In Europe groups as a mark of respect for Ms Cox.