27th May, 2019

Mosques attack 'not terror related' say West Midlands Police

Sarah Mason 26th Mar, 2019

POLICE are not treating a spate of sledgehammer attacks on city mosques as terror-related or motivated by far right extremism.

Five mosques – four in Aston and one in Erdington – had their windows and doors smashed in during the early hours of Thursday (March 21) morning.

A 34-year-old from Perry Barr man handed himself in at a police station and was detained under the Mental Health Act.

West Midlands Police said it is not seeking anyone else in relation to the attacks.

The force added: “We are satisfied they were not motivated by right wing extremism and are not being treated as terror-related.”

A separate investigation has been launched after police were alerted to criminal damage at a mosque on Cromer Road, Balsall Heath at 6.30am on Saturday morning (March 23).

The incident is not being linked to the mosque attacks on Thursday.

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 visible police presence at key locations to offer reassurance to our communities and we continue to offer any assistance in providing security advice.”

Anyone with information should contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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