Tipton mosque terror blast designed to "cause serious harm"

An explosion near Tipton mosque was designed to cause "serious harm or serious damage", police said.

Police called to investigate reports of a loud bang spotted smoke, debris and nails, prompting an evacuation of residents living near the Kanz-ul-Iman Muslim Welfare Association Central Jamia Mosque in Binfield Street.

A West Midlands Police spokesman said: "An investigation is being led by the West Midlands Counter Terrorism Unit and it is being treated as a terrorist incident."

Assistant Chief Constable Gary Cann said this afternoon that the location of the blast, coupled with the cat it concided with prayers, and the discovery of nails, led officers to believe terrorism was behind the explosion.

He added: "Someone who did this looked to cause serious harm or serious damage to property."

Mr Cann confirmed that no one had been injured, but a window of a house had been damaged.

Roads closures included Sedgley Road East at Dudley Port, Dudley Port at Tudor Court, Jays Avenue at Tudor Court/Tudor Street, Park Lane East at Slater Street, Crompton Road at Martin Road and Victoria Road at Park Street.

Officers were called to Binfield Street just after 1pm and a cordon was set up immediately.

There are no reports of any injuries, but police have evacuated the area as a precaution.

Police Officers in Coneygree Road.
Police Officers in Coneygree Road.

Wasin Kahn, a member of the congregation spoke of how he heard the explosion.

The 23-year-old who lives on Park Lane East in Tipton  said: "I heard a loud bang, at first I didn't think anything of it.

"The police were called and they evacuated the mosque and some houses at the back. There are around 20 police cars here, we just don't know what's going on.

Police at the scene of the explosion in Tipton

A resident of nearby Crompton Road said she was alerted to the incident when she saw police cars racing past her home, she said: “I was about to go out shopping at around 2pm and saw a number of police cars flying down Victoria Road and I thought ‘what’s going on here?’ "I didn’t think much of it then I got a call from friends asking if I was safe."

Live updates from the scene

John Brown who works at The MOT Bay on Sedgley Road East said: “I heard a bang and it sounded like a gas canister going off but we’re next to a tyre place and I thought it could have been a tyre that had blown.

"As soon as I saw the police coming down here and the streets being sealed off I knew it was something serious. The police helicopter is hovering above us.”

Commercial manager Mark Watton was just yards away when he heard 'an almighty bang'.

Mr Watton, aged 49, from Bloxwich, was working on his late mother's house in Coneygre Road at the time.

"The house is the other side of the railway embankment from the mosque, probably less than 50 years away," he said.

"I was working at the house and heard this very loud bang. It was just after 1pm. I rushed outside but couldn't see anything or anyone. I popped out to get some spare parts a few moments later and when I came back, 20 minutes later, the whole area was sealed off by the police."

Tipton Councillor Ian Jones made the dash from a business meeting at The Public, in West Bromwich, to get to the scene when he heard the news.

He said many of the roads nearby were either closed off by police or blocked with traffic as jams built up on neighbouring streets.

Police at Coneygree Road in Tipton which has been closed
Police at Coneygree Road in Tipton which has been closed

Councillor Jones said residents have come out of their homes in "confusion" at what has happened, with few details available.

Some residents who live near the mosque have been evacuated to Coneygre Community Centre, off Sedgley Road West.

Councillor Jones said: “This has always been a very strong community where there is a lot of different people living together.

“To have something like this happen is something of a surprise. People just need to stay vigilant at the moment.

“There are a lot of people who have come out their houses to see what is going on but we don’t know much at the moment.

“We just come down here as quick as we could and didn’t find the traffic too bad but it is building up on the streets nearby now.”

Anyone who saw anything suspicious in the area should call police on 101 or the Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Do you live in the area? Did you hear the explosion? Share your story below.

Comments for: "Tipton mosque terror blast designed to "cause serious harm""

Nafisa

I live right behind the mosque, after hearing the BIG BANG, I was absolutely shocked, thinking what had happened! And there also was some smoke too....

ayesha

who would do such a thing??

Anon

Let's not jump to conclusions. There's a lot of industrial units in that area. Thank God nobody is hurt, but I think people should stay indoors, not wonder about the place trying to get near something that's just exploded. Also like to say I wonder if the police station was closed at the time, I bet the special units had to come from somewhere else.. we don't see that many coppers in Tipton these days.

Rich

Anyne who lives in Tipton would know the Police Station is open & you can follow the routes of the beat officers online the following day!

Let's hope these terrorists are hunted down and brought to justice.

We mustnt give in to terrorism.

Anon

Mon-Wed 10.00 - 14.00

Thurs 14.00 - 18.00

Fri 10.00 - 14.00

I believe Tipton's opening hours have been mentioned quite a few times in this paper, much to the anger of local residents and councilors. I often visit friends in certain areas, who are also affected by crime and anti-social activity including drugs, vandalism, prostitution and arson - no police in sight. Putting routes on-line and supplying one or two PCSO's does little to address their concerns! There's even crime outside the police station and Great Bridge is like Dodge City.

Commuter

I was on my way through Great Bridge before and after this incident occured. Even though the police had closed certain roads, nobody knew what was going on because the traffic here is always this bad. It's just complete grid-lock. If you try and get from Tividale to Tipton you'll see the same situation.. stationary traffic as far as you can see. The police could barely get round the grid-lock (even the bomb disposal truck), they had to drive on the opposite side of the road. Tipton has become a town the government has forgotten about, and sad to say, it seems to me most of the time the only reason it gets in the news is for the wrong reasons. There is a lot of poverty here - and a lot of anger.

Hafizaa

Im very shocked about this bombing and who noes it coudve been done bybaccident or the bomb couldve been plantedbut u nevano but inshallah no one has been hurt

Linzie

I think it's awfull when u think ov what cud have happend :( there Are 2 primary schools very near that area and innocent kids could have got hurt :,(

Ali

I thank the police for the fast operation to evacuate the place before anything could have went off and damaged a lot of places including houses and the mosque. Also the community but as it stands at the moment it wasn't a terrorist attack because no true Muslim will do such behavior like throwing bombs or killing people in the name of Islam as the religion condemns terrorist and bomb attacks. Those who are doing stuff like this have nothing against the name of the religion. Islam is a religion of peace and love for all.