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Birmingham mosque attacks: Man detained under Mental Health Act

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A man has been detained under the Mental Health Act after five mosques had their windows smashed in Birmingham.

Officers were called at 2.32am on Thursday 21 March after reports of an attack on a mosque on Birchfield Road in Birmingham.

Police were then called to a second mosque attack on Slade Road in the Erdington area at 3.14am.

Patrols were then started in areas with mosques and officers came across further damage on Witton Road, Aston, and on Broadway, Perry Barr.

At 10.04am police were called to a mosque on Albert Road following reports that a window had been smashed.

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A 34-year-old man from Perry Barr handed himself in and was arrested on suspicion of racially aggravated criminal damage.

The investigation is continuing although police are not seeking anyone else in relation to the five incidents.

Police do not believe that he was part of an organised group.

We continue to work in partnership with mosques and local communities around the West Midlands.There will be a visual police presence at key locations to offer reassurance to our communities. It is incredibly important that we unite together against those who seek to create discord, uncertainty and fear.

– Assistant Chief Constable Matt Ward

Five mosques had their windows smashed in:

  • Witton Islamic Centre, Witton Road, Aston
  • Masjid Madrassa Faizal Islam, The Broadway, Perry Barr
  • Al Habib Trust, Birchfield Road, Aston
  • Jamia Mosque, Albert Road, Aston
  • Ghousia Mosque, Slade Road, Erdington

Increased patrols will continue at key locations to reassure communities.

Security advice is being provided to religious establishments across the West Midlands.