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Update on Birmingham mosque attacks

The recent mosque attacks in Birmingham have understandably caused concern among our communities particularly following the tragic events in Christchurch.

West Midlands Police supported by West Midlands Counter Terrorism Unit have conducted a thorough investigation.

A 34-year-old man from Perry Barr handed himself into a police station in Birmingham last Friday, he is currently detained under the Mental Health Act. 

West Midlands Police is not seeking anyone else in relation to the attacks, we are satisfied they were not motivated by right wing extremism and are not being treated as terror-related.

A separate investigation has been launched after police were alerted to criminal damage at a mosque on Cromer Road, Balsall Heath at 6.30am on Saturday morning (23 March). The incident is not being linked to the mosque attacks on Thursday 21 March.

Assistant Chief Constable Matt Ward said: “We continue to work in partnership with mosques and local communities around the West Midlands.

“There will be a visible police presence at key locations to offer reassurance to our communities and we continue to offer any assistance in providing security advice.”

Those with concerns are urged to speak to officers directly or get in contact with their local neighbourhood teams. Details can be found here - 

If you have information that you need to share with police please get in touch via Live Chat on between 8am and midnight or by calling 101. To remain anonymous contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. Tell them what you know, not who you are.

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