Government response

Home Secretary statement on West Midlands attacks

The Home Secretary has issued a statement on the attacks in the West Midlands.

This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

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Home Secretary Theresa May said:

I have been shocked and sickened at the brutal murder of Mohammed Saleem and recent attacks on mosques in the West Midlands, all of which are now being investigated as terrorist incidents.

The West Midlands Police have my full support in their on-going investigation. I have spoken with Assistant Chief Constable Marcus Beale and I have asked that I am kept up-to-date with the latest developments. The Security Minister James Brokenshire will also be visiting Birmingham on Tuesday to meet those who have been directly affected. What happened in the West Midlands is a reminder that terrorism affects people of all backgrounds. Just as we saw people coming together to denounce Woolwich, so we must come together and stand firm against extremism whatever form it takes.

Published 21 July 2013