Tipton terror incident

A mosque in Tipton remains cordoned off as police investigate a terrorist incident. Residents have reported finding debris including nails.

Muslim leader calls on police to protect mosques, full report

A muslim leader has called on the police to protect mosques from attacks. He was speaking after a nail bomb was left at one mosque and ahead of a protest this weekend by the English Defence League.

A counter demonstration against the EDL is also planned for this weekend.

This afternoon, police revealed there are more patrols around mosques. A community leader warned of the pressures on his community and urged people to be calm and vigilant.

Mark Gough reports.

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Mr Saleem Akhtar from the Sunni Confederation of Mosques says Muslims may be forced to protect their property from attacks.

A mosque in Tipton was targeted recently by a suspected nail bomb.

Mr Akhtar stressed that Islam does not condone violence of any kind but said people may react if they are pushed and provoked.

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Mosque's concern over timing of Tipton terror incident

Concerns have been expressed over the timing of the terror explosion, which took place in Tipton on Friday.

The Sunni Confederation of Sunni Mosques said:

There is a deep concern among the Muslim communities about the intent of the attack and its timing.

The attack was planned for the first Friday of the month of Ramadhan and around the time of the Friday prayers.

Many people were expected to attend the prayers that day.

Anybody planning that attack intended to cause casualties.

Specialist officers search land near mosque in Tipton

Special officers search crime scene.
Special officers search crime scene. Credit: ITV News Central

Specialist officers are searching land near a Mosque in Tipton, where there was an explosion on Friday. It is being treated as a an act of terrorism.

Special officers search crime scene.
Special officers search crime scene. Credit: ITV News Central
Special officers search crime scene.
Special officers search crime scene. Credit: ITV News Central
Special officers search crime scene.
Special officers search crime scene. Credit: ITV News Central
Special officers search crime scene.
Special officers search crime scene. Credit: ITV News Central
Special officers search crime scene.
Special officers search crime scene. Credit: ITV News Central

Government backs police terror investigations

The Government has backed the police investigation into the suspected terrorist explosion in Tipton.

Security Minister James Brokenshire said the force has the Home Office's "full support."

Violence like this has no place in our society; this appalling attack could have caused serious injury to many innocent people.

"West Midlands Police are treating this as a terrorist incident and they have our full support. The Home Secretary and I are being kept updated with the progress of the police investigation.

"What happened in Tipton cannot be allowed to harm community relations. It’s important that the police continue to receive all necessary support to identify those responsible and bring them to justice."

– Security Minister, James Brokenshire

Detailed searches are ongoing in Binfield Street and the surrounding area following the explosion behind Kanzul Iman Masjid mosque just after 1pm on Friday.

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Investigation into Tipton explosion continues

Cordon remains in place at Mayfair Gardens in Tipton Credit: ITV News Central

Specialist officers are carrying out further searches today as police continue their investigation into Friday's explosion in Tipton that is being treated as an act of terrorism.

Yesterday evening a controlled explosion was carried out after officers discovered a component part of the explosive in a garden.

Army bomb disposal experts made the item safe at 5.15pm. The Kanzul Iman Masjid Mosque is expected to remain closed until at least this evening while the investigation continues.

Bomb disposal experts carry out controlled explosion

A controlled explosion has been carried out by bomb disposal experts after police found what they believe was a small component part of a bomb which exploded near to a mosque in the West Midlands yesterday.

It comes as religious and community leaders put on a united front at the scene in Tipton today.

They've been reassuring local people and say this act of terror has brought the community closer together as Karen Griggs reports.

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