Counter-terrorism officers are investigating the motive for the attacks overnight which Police believe are linked.
Counter-terrorism police in the West Midlands are investigating attacks on five different mosques in the Birmingham are overnight.
Police were called to Jame Masjid in Birchfield Road at 2.32am, but when they arrived the damage had already been done and the culprits fled. Within an hour of the first report, police were alerted to a similar attack at a mosque in Slade Road, Erdington.
As patrols were stepped up around the area Police found more damage at places of worship in Witton Road, Aston, and on Broadway in Perry Barr. A further investigation was launched after pictures emerged on social media showing smashed windows at the Mosque and Muslim Community Centre in Albert Road, Aston.
Deeply concerning & distressing to see number of mosques have been vandalised in Birmingham overnight. @WMPolice are investigating motive but let me be clear – hateful behaviour has absolutely no place in our society & will never be accepted https://t.co/G9EFerOt9W
— Sajid Javid (@sajidjavid) 21 March 2019
— WestMidsPCC (@WestMidsPCC) 21 March 2019
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.
“At the moment we don’t know the motive for last night’s attacks.
“What I can say is that the force and the Counter-Terrorism Unit are working side-by-side to find whoever is responsible.
“At difficult times like this, it is incredibly important that everyone unites against those who seek to create discord, uncertainty and fear in our communities.”
Anyone with information can contact police via Live Chat between 8am and midnight, or call 101, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.