Windows smashed at four Birmingham mosques

Mosque window

Thursday, March 21, 2019

An investigation involving counter-terrorism officers has been launched after four mosques in Birmingham had their windows smashed with a sledgehammer.

Officers were called at 2.32am this morning, after reports of an attack on a mosque on Birchfield Road in Birmingham, West Midlands Police said.

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

 

 

Officers found further damage to two other mosques after patrolling nearby areas.

Police are also investigating reports of damage to a fifth mosque.

Forensic officers are currently working to identify evidence, and CCTV is being examined.

 

Reports of atleast five mosques vandalised over night in Birmingham. This one is on Witton road - had windows smashed. pic.twitter.com/v6qIEBVqbg

— AssedBaig (@AssedBaig) March 21, 2019

 

The four attacks are being treated as linked and West Midlands Police and West Midlands Counter Terrorism Unit are yet to establish the motive.

West Midlands Police Chief Constable Dave Thompson said: "Since the tragic events in Christchurch, New Zealand, officers and staff from West Midlands Police have been working closely with our faith partners across the region to offer reassurance and support at mosques, churches and places of prayer."