Five mosques attacked with sledgehammers in Birmingham

 Five mosques attacked with sledgehammers in Birmingham

UK police said they were investigating attacks on five mosques in Birmingham that had their windows smashed overnight.

The police were first called at 2.32am to a mosque on Birchfield Road, Perry Barr, where a man was reported to be breaking windows with a sledgehammer. Officers who arrived there found that the attack had happened some time earlier, the Guardian reported.

They were next alerted at 3.14am to an attack on another mosque, in Slade Road, Erdington. Following confirmation of that incident, a decision was taken to check on other mosques, and similar damage was found at buildings in Witton Road, Aston, and on The Broadway, Perry Barr.

On this morning police discovered that a mosque on Albert Road had also had its windows smashed, and they are treating this attack as linked to the earlier incidents.

Police and the West Midlands counter-terrorism unit are investigating the incidents and forensic teams were gathering evidence at the scenes.