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Suspects face further questioning amid mosque attacks

Two men face further questioning today in connection with a series of explosions near mosques in the West Midlands.

Police confirmed they found evidence of an explosion near Wolverhampton Central Mosque. Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

The pair, both Ukrainian men aged 25 and 22, were arrested under anti-terror laws on Thursday in Small Heath, Birmingham, in relation to recent blasts close to mosques in Walsall and Tipton.

They are being held on suspicion of being involved in the commission, preparation or instigation of an act of terrorism.

Mosque explosions: Police at suspects' workplace

Two Ukrainian men have been arrested in connection with the mosque explosions Credit: ITV News Central

A bomb disposal team are investigating a software firm in Small Heath where it is believed two men arrested in connection with a series of explosions at mosques in the West Midlands were on work placement.

The bosses of software firm, Delcam, confirmed that the two Ukrainian men, aged 22 and 25, were students on placement there but were not employed by them.

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Small Heath: cordons remain in place overnight

West Midlands Police remain at the scene of searches in Small Heath where two men were arrested on suspicion of terrorism offences this evening.

It's part of the investigation into attacks on mosques in Walsall and Tipton.

Search teams have also cordoned off an area around a mosque in Wolverhampton. West Midlands Police say searches will continue tomorrow.

Police release statement over terror arrests

"I would like to thank the public for their ongoing support and the way in which they responded to our appeal.

I appreciate that there is significant disruption whilst experts search and check this area. These road closures are essential to ensure that we keep everyone safe.

Investigations like this are complex and we need to ensure that we obtain every piece of information or forensic evidence possible. This could take some time. What I can say is that we will endeavour to return the local area to normal as quickly as possible."

– Assistant Chief Constable Marcus Beale

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Road closures in Small Heath

Army bomb disposal experts are searching an area of Small Heath after terror arrests this afternoon. The following roads are closed.

  • Small Heath Highway at Golden Hillock Road (into city)
  • Golden Hillock Road at Small Heath Highway (out of city)
  • Coventry Road at Talbot Road

Police say there is severe traffic congestion. Drivers and pedestrians are advised to avoid the area to prevent delays to their journey.

Police search Small Heath after terror arrests

Police cordon around Talbot Way, Small Heath Credit: ITV News Central

Areas of Small Heath in Birmingham remain cordoned off after two Eastern European men were arrested on suspicion of terrorism over the Walsall mosque attack in June.

The 25-year-old and 22-year-old were arrested by detectives from the West Midlands Counter Terrorism Unit on Talbot Way on suspicion of being involved in the commission, preparation or instigation of an act of terrorism.

The first was arrested after being spotted by officers working in the local area and the second was arrested at a property nearby.

Police cordon around Talbot Way in Small Heath Credit: ITV News Central

An area around Talbot Way, Small Heath is in the process of being searched, but as a precaution, properties around the industrial estate have been temporarily evacuated.

Army bomb disposal experts are at the scene.

Police talking to residents and drivers who are affected by road closures in Small Heath Credit: ITV News Central

ACC Sharon Rowe confirms on ITV News Central two men held on suspicion of terrorism

Two Eastern European men, arrested in Talbot Way, Small Heath this afternoon, are being questioned in connection with an explosion near to the Aisha Mosque in Walsall on 21 June.

Assistant Chief Constable Sharon Rowe confirmed live on ITV News Central in the last few minutes that the men had been arrested under the terrorism act.

Two arrested over Walsall mosque attack

Two Eastern European men have been arrested in connection with the explosion near Aisha Mosque in Walsall last month.

The 25-year-old and 22-year-old were arrested just before 3pm today.

Bomb disposal experts were called to the mosque in Walsall on 21st June Credit: ITV News Central

Police are searching an area of Talbot Way in Small Heath and as a precaution homes have been evacuated.

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