Wolverhampton Central Mosque has been evacuated and nearby roads closed as a result of urgent enquiries underway as part of the investigation into the attacks near mosques in Walsall and Tipton.
A Police press release states information has been received regarding a possible device activation on 28 June at Wolverhampton Central Mosque, Waterloo Road, Wolverhampton.
This new information has resulted in an evacuation of the mosque and the surrounding area at around 8 pm this evening (Thursday 18 July). This measure is in place to ensure the absolute safety and security of our communities.
A number of specialist and local police officers are at the scene and a military bomb disposal team is en route.
Searches and checks will take place throughout this evening. Updates will follow.
A number of road closures are in place:
- Gorsebrook Road at Stafford Road
- Waterloo Road at Oxley Street
- Stafford Road at Cannock Road
- Dunstall Road at Staveley Road
- Cannock Road at Crown Street
Update at 10pm, 18th July
Cordons in place have been reduced with Five Ways island now at the centre of a 20m cordon and the following roads closed around it:
- Foxes Lane
- Dunstall Avenue
- Dunstall Hill
- Dunstall Road
- Waterloo Road
- North Road
Source: West Midlands Police Press Release