Man set on fire while walking home from Dudley Road mosque in Edgbaston

The man was set on fire on his way back from Dudley Road mosque near Brixham Road in Edgbaston Credit: BPM Media

A man was set on fire as he walked home from a mosque in Birmingham as police continue to investigate.

The victim was walking home from Dudley Road mosque through Edgbaston in Birmingham around 7pm on Monday 20 March, when it's believed he was approached by a man.

The attacker spoke to him briefly before spraying him with an unknown substance and then his jacket was set alight, causing burns to his face, West Midlands Police said.

He was taken to hospital with serious injuries which are not believed to be life threatening.

It comes just a week after a manhunt was underway as an 82-year-old worshipper was set alight outside a mosque in Ealing and left with severe burns to his face and arms.

Officers are investigating a video that has been shared on social media as part of their inquiry.

Superintendent James Spencer, from Birmingham Police, said: "Our officers have been working through the night to establish what happened and who is responsible.

"We’re examining CCTV and speaking to witnesses and are determined to find out who is responsible.

"I’ve been speaking to people in this morning, and so I know just how concerned they are and that people are after answers.

"We are determined to find the person responsible and get those answers as soon as possible, and I’d urge the community to work with us and to avoid any speculation at this stage."

Extra officers will be in the area today to speak to the community and to provide reassurance.

West Midlands Ambulance Service said they treated a man for serious injuries.

An ambulance service spokeswoman said: "We were called to reports of an assault at Brixham Road in Edgbaston just before 7pm.

"An ambulance, paramedic officer, MERIT trauma doctor, critical care paramedic and the West Midlands Care Team were sent to the scene where, on arrival, crews found one male patient with serious injuries.

"He received emergency care from ambulance staff at the scene before being conveyed to University Hospital Birmingham for further treatment."

Anyone with information has been asked to get in touch via Live Chat, quoting log 4009 of 21 March. Alternatively, get in touch via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.