Leeds & West Yorkshire

MP Jo Cox died from 'multiple stab and gunshot wounds'

Jo Cox by her houseboat Image copyright Brendan Cox
Image caption Labour MP Jo Cox died after being attacked in her West Yorkshire constituency

The Labour MP Jo Cox died from "multiple stab and gunshot wounds", an inquest into her death has heard.

The Batley and Spen MP, 41, was attacked in Birstall, West Yorkshire, on 16 June. She was due to hold a constituency surgery in the village.

Thomas Mair, 52, from Birstall, has been charged with her murder.

The inquest was opened and adjourned by coroner Martin Fleming during a six minute hearing at Bradford Coroner's Court.

Det Supt Nick Wallen, of West Yorkshire Police, told the court it was immediately clear to paramedics and police the mother-of-two was very seriously injured.

The detective said she was pronounced dead by a doctor in an ambulance outside Birstall Library.

He confirmed a post-mortem examination had shown a preliminary cause of death as "multiple stab and gunshot wounds".

The coroner said Mrs Cox's body could now be released so the family can "get on with the grieving process".

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