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Mosque attacks: Yardley man released

Solihull Editorial 25th Mar, 2019   0

A YARDLEY man has been released without charge after five Birmingham mosques had their windows smashed.

The 38-year-old man was detained by members of the community on March 22 March and arrested by officers.

He was released by West Midlands Police and ruled out of the on-going enquiry on the same day.

A 34-year-old Perry Barr man handed himself into a Birmingham police station and has been detained under the mental health act.

The Investigation continues however, at this stage police are not seeking anyone else in relation to these five incidents. Police do not believe that he was part of an organised group.

Five Birmingham mosques had their windows smashed in the early hours of Thursday (March 21) between 1.25am and 3.15am.

The mosques are:

– Witton Islamic Centre, Witton Road, Aston

– Masjid Madrassa Faizal Islam, The Broadway, Perry Barr

– Al Habib Trust, Birchfield Road, Aston

– Jamia Mosque, Albert Road, Aston

– Jam-E-Masjid Qiblah Hadhrat Sahib Gulhar Shareef, Slade Road, Erdington

On Saturday, March 23, police were alerted to a mosque on Cromer Road, Balsall Heath, at 6.30am.

Police say CCTV is currently being examined and investigations continue.

At this stage police do not believe this to be linked to the attacks on mosques on March 21.

Assistant chief constable Matt Ward said: “We continue to work in partnership with mosques and local communities around the West Midlands.

“There will be a visual police presence at key locations to offer reassurance to our communities.

“It is incredibly important that we unite together against those who seek to create discord, uncertainty and fear.”

Anyone with information should contact police on 101.

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