Jo Cox murder trial: Accused had “bag of bullets”

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The suspect in the murder of MP Jo Cox had a bag of bullets when he was arrested, a court has heard.

Thomas Mair, 53, was found with a black holdall bag containing what appeared to be a pistol and a plastic bag of bullets in his pocket when he was arrested in Birstall, West Yorkshire, shortly after the shooting of Mrs Cox.

The MP for Batley and Spen was shot three times and suffered multiple stab wounds outside her constituency surgery on 16 June, by a man who was reported to shout “Britain First”, the name of a radical far right group as he shot her. She later died of her injuries.

The prosecution described the attack as a planned and premeditated murder for a political or ideological cause.

The incident happened one week before the EU referendum, where Jo Cox was a passionate campaigner for Remain.

Bernard Carter-Kenny, 77, was also injured in the attack as he attempted to protect Mrs Cox from the assailant.

Arresting officer PC Craig Nicholls told the court that Mair put his hands up and said “It’s me” when he was approached by officers shortly after 13:30 on Risedale Avenue.

Mair, a resident of Birstall, denies murder, grievous bodily harm with intent, possession of a firearm with intent to commit an indictable offence and possession of an offensive weapon – a dagger

The trial continues.

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