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Sandwell mosque daubed with offensive graffiti

A Police investigation has been launched after offensive graffiti was daubed on the wall of a mosque in Sandwell, West Midlands.

Council workmen removed the offensive slogan within hours of its discovery at Cradley Heath Mosque and Islamic Centre in Plant Street yesterday.

Officers have a good relationship with the mosque and we are working with them and the local community to reassure them that we take this type of graffiti seriously and will seek to prosecute the offenders.

We are working on a number of lines of enquiry to trace those responsible and I would urge anyone with information to come forward.

– Superintendent Bas Javid, from Sandwell Police

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Walsall mosque bomb investigation: man bailed

Police say a man arrested after a home-made explosive was found near a mosque in Walsall has been bailed pending further enquiries.

The 75-year-old was arrested on Thursday on suspicion of causing an explosion likely to endanger life or damage property.

Witnesses say the device exploded outside the mosque on Rutter Street last Friday night (21 June).

Despite a 'loud bang', nobody reported the explosion.

The next day debris was brought inside the mosque and police were alerted.

A major investigation involving specialist detectives and experts from the West Midlands Police Counter Terrorism Unit is continuing.

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Sermon on tackling grooming 'very important'

Policing Minister Damian Green MP. Credit: PA

A sermon delivered to congregations in around 500 UK mosques tackling street grooming by gangs has been deemed as "very important" by Policing Minister Damian Green.

Mr Green wrote on his website: “It reminds people that the vast majority, the overwhelming majority, of British Muslims, condemn child sexual abuse as strongly as any other group in modern Britain".

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Tackling grooming 'must not stop after one sermon'

Today is a historic day to stop child grooming, the chief executive of the Ramadhan Foundation has said ahead of mosques delivering sermons to hundreds of thousands of Muslims today, condemning street grooming by gangs.

East London Mosque in Whitechapel. Credit: Sean Dempsey/PA Wire

Mr. Mohammed Shafiq said: "Today in hundreds of mosques across the United Kingdom Imams will deliver a sermon setting out to tackle this menace and what needs to be done.

"When I first spoke out in 2006 I was all alone, it has been a difficult journey with death threats, ridicule and personal attacks but it has all been worth it. Then the Ramadhan Foundation was on its own campaigning and now there are hundreds of Imams taking their place.

"I applaud all the Imams and the 'Together against Grooming' campaign but our work must not stop after one sermon".

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Campaign group shows support to victims of grooming

Campaign group Tackle Against Grooming has issued a statement ahead of delivering sermons to hundreds of thousands of Muslims today, condemning street grooming by gangs.

In the statement by Tag:

We wish to show our support for the victims (madhloom) of this terrible crime, many of whom are innocent children and we wish to affirm that Islam as a religion of mercy and compassion places a strong obligation on safeguarding and protecting the weak and vulnerable from oppression (dhulm) and abuse particularly of women and children.

We must work towards preventing such actions from occurring in the future as this action is reprehensible and forbidden according to the teachings of Islam.

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Leicester mosque leads national campaign against child abuse

General view of the Masjid Umar Mosque in Leicester Credit: PA

A mosque in Leicester is taking part in the launch of a national campaign to help tackle child abuse.

The Muslim Council of Britain and 500 mosques around the country have pledged their support.

Last month, seven men from Telford were jailed for almost 50 years for sex offences. In September 2012, eight men from Derbyshire were sentenced for paying to have sex with underage children.

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Campaign to eradicate grooming from all communities

We have been horrified by the details that have emerged from recent court cases and as Muslims we feel a natural responsibility to condemn and tackle this crime.

Sexual grooming and child abuse afflicts all sections of society and is perpetrated by people of all ethnic groups.

The Koran and traditions of our Prophet exhort us to act against evil and injustice, and create just societies. This is the start of what will be a nationwide project in which we seek to work with others to eradicate this practice from all communities.

– Ansar Ali, Together Against Grooming campaign

Walsall mosque bomb: pensioner arrested

Detectives from West Midlands Counter Terrorism Unit have arrested a 75-year-old man after a home-made explosive was found near to a Walsall mosque.

The man was arrested at his home in Walsall at 4:30pm today on suspicion of causing an explosion likely to endanger life or damage property.

The investigation into the bomb began on Saturday when police were called to reports of a suspicious item at the Aisha mosque in Rutter Street, Walsall.

Witnesses say the device exploded outside the mosque on Friday night. Despite a 'loud bang', nobody reported the explosion.

The next day debris was brought inside the mosque and the police were alerted.The man has been taken to a police station in the West Midlands where he is being questioned by detectives. His home address is being searched as part of the investigation.

Police officer describes attack in Birmingham mosque

A police officer who was stabbed protecting worshippers in a Birmingham mosque has described for the first time, the moment he was attacked.

PC Adam Koch says if it wasn't for their help, he wouldn't be alive today.

He was speaking publicly at an awards ceremony where he was being honoured for another, seperate act of bravery when he rescued a critically ill child. This is his story in his own words.

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