Pigs’ heads dumped on Islamic centre

24th Apr 2015

Elham Asaad Buaras

Four pigs heads were been dumped on the doorstep of a new community centre in Hermitage Road, Solihull, Birmingham, which protesters claim is being used as an unauthorised mosque.

West Midlands Police say windows were smashed at Solihull Community Hub the previous day.

Officers were called to the former ambulance station at 9.30pm on Sunday April 12 by a trustee who discovered the heads.

West Midlands Police say CCTV cameras caught the culprit in the act.

He is seen leaving the animals’ heads on the doorstep before driving off in a light-coloured saloon.

A carrier bag, believed to have been used in the crime, has been seized and is currently being examined by forensic experts, along with other evidence taken from the scene.

A number of witnesses have also spoken to local officers.

A 1,000 people signed an on-line petition calling for The Hub to be closed following allegations it is being used, without permission, as a mosque.

Solihull Council confirmed it is investigating whether the terms of the planning consent had been broken.

The details emerged as the anti Islam EDL revealed it was planning a demonstration in Solihull town centre on April 18 over proposals for a Muslim cemetery at nearby Catherine-de-Barnes.

Proposals for the scheme were submitted to Solihull Council last month after the scheme was turned down twice last year.

Chief Superintendent Alex Murray said, “We’ve secured good quality CCTV of the culprits and my detectives are making good progress with the investigation. The forensic evidence we have is also very strong and we expect a result from that in the coming days.”

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