The Home Secretary had defiant words for terrorists when she visited the Black Country, as she declared: “You will not win.”
Theresa May was in Tipton yesterday to meet with representatives of three mosques where bombs were planted and also to see the family of a Muslim man who was stabbed to death.
She wore an orange headscarf as a mark of respect and removed her leopard pattern shoes when she went into the Kanzul Iman Central Jamia Mosque in Tipton where a nail bomb exploded in July.
She was joined by representatives of Wolverhampton Central Mosque, where evidence was found of another explosion and of the Aisha Mosque and Islamic Centre in Rutter Street, Walsall, where a home-made bomb went off in June.
The family of 82-year-old Mohammed Saleem, who was stabbed to death in Small Heath in April, were also present during the visit.
The Home Secretary said: “I wanted to hear from the community about these terrible terrorist attacks and the appalling murder of Mohammed Saleem.
“All these incidents have been treated extremely seriously and I hope my visit shows the seriousness with which the government treats these incidents.
“We must ensure terrorists are stopped and prevented from doing what they want, which is to divide communities.
“The community here has come together and was united and shows we stand fully against terrorists.
“The government gives a clear message regardless of what ideology is behind terrorists attacks, we stand against terrorism and we should send a clear message to terrorists, you will not win.”