Five mosques in Birmingham have been extensively damaged in a string of violent attacks overnight, so far no-one has been reported hurt.
Reports of a vigilante man smashing windows with a sledgehammer on Birchfield Road were received at 02:30 GMT. Police responded immediately to discover the damaged building.
Counter-terrorism police in the West Midlands are investigating attacks on five mosques in Birmingham overnight.
Police responded to reports of a man smashing windows with a sledgehammer at the Jame Masjid in Birchfield Road, but when they arrived at the scene they discovered the attack had taken place earlier.
Chief Constable of West Midlands Police Dave Thompson said: “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.”
Patrols were stepped up across the city and officers discovered further damage at Witton Islamic Centre in Aston, Slade lane Mosque and at Masjid Faizul Islam on Broadway in Perry Barr.
Officers were later alerted to a fifth attack at the Mosque and Muslim Community Centre in Albert Road, Aston.
Birmingham houses a large Muslim community and concerned citizens have suggest they start patrolling the mosques overnight to ensure no more damage is done.