Birmingham mosque attacks not far-right or terror-related, say police – The Guardian

Birmingham mosque attacks not far-right or terror-related, say police - The Guardian

Birmingham mosque attacks not linked to far-right extremism or terror, police say

The vandalism has prompted fear among local Muslim communities in the aftermath of the terror attacks on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, in which 50 people were killed.

West Midlands police, jointly investigating the attacks with West Midlands counter-terrorism unit, said a 34-year-old man handed himself in to a police station in Birmingham on Friday and was being detained under the Mental Health Act.

Police say mosque attacks not terror related or motivated by far right extremism

Police said they were not seeking anyone else in relation to the attacks and were satisfied they were not motivated by rightwing extremism. They were also not being treated as terror-related.

Birmingham mosque attacks not terror related

Police have launched a separate investigation after criminal damage was reported at a mosque on Cromer Road, Balsall Heath, on Saturday at 6.30am. The incident is not being linked to the mosque attacks on 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.

Police said that anyone with concerns should speak to officers directly or get in contact with their local neighbourhood teams.

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image/svg+xml Why you can trust Sky News The Birmingham mosque attacks are not being treated as acts of far-right extremism or terror, police have said.

Five mosques had their windows smashed with a hammer across the city in the early hours of Thursday 21 March.

The attacks sparked fear among local communities as they came after suspected terror shootings at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, which left 50 dead.

A 34-year-old man from Perry Barr, Birmingham, handed himself into police on Friday and has been detained under the Mental Health Act.

West Midlands Police said it is not seeking anyone else in relation to attacks, and was satisfied they were not motivated by right-wing extremism.

A 38-year-old man who was arrested on suspicion of racially-aggravated criminal damage on Friday afternoon has been released without charge.

Police have launched a separate investigation after criminal damage was reported at a mosque on Crower Road, Balsall Heath, on Saturday at 6.30am.

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.”

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