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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.

Police say they are hunting a serial bomber of mosques

Police in the West Midlands say they are hunting a serial bomber of mosques.

They have linked three attacks across the area in recent weeks.

One of the devices, which exploded close to a mosque in Wolverhampton last month, has only just been found.

From the West Midlands ITV News correspondent Juliet Bremner reports:

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Wolverhampton mosque explosion confirmed

Police have confirmed they have found evidence of an explosion and debris near a mosque in Wolverhampton.

The debris was found on Fiveways roundabout which has been declared safe. A forensics team will remain at the site today.

Nothing was found at the Wolverhampton central mosque on Waterloo Road which has now been re-opened.

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Police: Cordons in place into tomorrow

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Roads closed after Wolverhampton mosque evacuation

West Midlands Police officers have closed a number of roads in Wolverhampton following the evacuation of the city's central mosque.

Police evacuate Wolverhampton Central Mosque

Wolverhampton Central Mosque has been evacuated as part of a security alert into attacks on mosques in the local area. In a statement, police said:

As a result of urgent enquiries underway as part of the investigation into the attacks near mosques in Walsall and Tipton, information has been received regarding a possible device activation on 28 June at Wolverhampton Central Mosque, Waterloo Road, Wolverhampton.

This new information has resulted in an evacuation of the mosque and the surrounding area at around 8 pm this evening (Thursday 18 July). This measure is in place to ensure the absolute safety and security of our communities.

A number of specialist and local police officers are at the scene and a military bomb disposal team is en route.

A number of road closures are in place.

Parents exposed son to 'environment of hard drugs'

Hayley Firman, head of West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service's Public Protection Unit, said the parents of a 23-month-old boy who died of a heroin overdose had exposed their son "to an unsuitable environment" of "hard drugs."

She said:

It is the duty for any responsible parents to protect their children from harm and drugs, but (Simon) Jones and (Emma) Bradburn exposed their young, defenceless son to an unsuitable environment, which contained hard drugs that would ultimately lead to his death.

I would like to take this opportunity to praise my prosecution team who worked very closely with the police to ensure that justice was delivered for Daniel.

– Hayley Firman, head of West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service's Public Protection Unit
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