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'Explosion' reported near mosque in Tipton

2013-07-12 17:48:55

Tipton Mosque
West Midlands Police were called to Binfield Street, Tipton,
at about 13:00 BST

Part of a town has been sealed off by police after reports of "a loud bang" near a mosque in the West Midlands.

Police, including counter terrorism officers, were called to Binfield Street in Tipton at about 13:00 BST and have since cordoned off the area.

Residents reported finding nails and debris but there are no reports of any injuries, West Midlands Police said.

A number of roads have been closed and the immediate area evacuated as a precautionary measure.

'Finding debris'

Reporter's title

There is heightened security across the area at the
moment.

 

It is very difficult to get through roads because so many
have been shut off by police.

 

People passing by are really concerned and there is a
state of confusion and disbelief about what has happened.

 

Witnesses reported hearing a loud bang just after one
o'clock.

 

One person I spoke to said her mother had heard the noise
but went back to what she had been doing because she
could not believe anything serious would happen in the area

A force spokesman said: "Police have been called to Binfield Street in Tipton this afternoon following reports of a loud bang.

"Some residents have reported finding debris in the area and finding nails.

"This is being investigated by forensic officers at the scene."

Among the road closures are parts of Sedgley Road East, Dudley Port, Jays Avenue, Tudor Court, Park Lane East, Crompton Road and Victoria Road.

West Midlands Police are still investigating an explosion which occurred near a mosque in Caldmore in Walsall last month.

About 150 people were evacuated from homes near Aisha Mosque and Islamic Centre after a device was found in an nearby alleyway.

Source: bbc.co.uk

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