– Assistant Chief Constable Marcus Beale, West Midlands Police
We understand that these incidents have caused a great deal of anxiety and distress within local communities and I want to thank them for the way they have dealt with the developments and the assistance they have given my officers.
For the family who lost a beloved grandfather it has been a particularly difficult time and we will continue to support them.
A 25-year-old Ukrainian man has appeared in court charged with the "terrorist-related" murder of 75-year-old Mohammed Saleem in Birmingham. Pavlo Lapshyn has also been charged in relation to explosions at three mosques in the West Midlands.