Police Incident – Talbot Way Small Heath
Update at 11:38
All roads in the area are now open.
The WM Police are continuing with this major investigation and are appealing for information. Anyone with information which may help detectives with the ongoing major investigation should call police on 101 or the independent crime fighting charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
The national Anti-Terrorist Hotline can be contacted on:0800 789 321.
For updates on the work of the West Midlands Counter Terrorism Unit visit: www.facebook.com/WMCTUPreventTeam
Udate at 0615 19th July – WM Police remained at the scene overnight. Talbot Way is still closed but the A47 Small Heath Highway has reopened.
WM Police also attended the evacuation of a Mosque in Wolverhampton cordons there are also being reduced.
There was a large scale evacuation of people earlier this evening from Talbot Way in Small Heath and extensive road closures are still in place around the Small Heath Highway. The West Midlands Police are still investigating the area.
The West Midlands Police issued the following press statement at 1830hrs
TWO MEN detained this afternoon (Thursday 18 July) have been arrested under the Terrorism Act in relation to explosions near to a mosque in Walsall on 21 June and also in relation to the explosion outside the Tipton mosque on 12 July.
Detectives from the West Midlands Counter Terrorism Unit arrested a 25-year-old and a 22-year-old man on suspicion of being involved in the commission, preparation or instigation of an act of terrorism (under the Terrorism Act 2000).
The men, both eastern European, were arrested on Talbot Way, Small Heath at 2.50pm today. The first was arrested after being spotted by officers working in the local area and the second was arrested at a property nearby.
An area around Talbot Way, Small Heath is in the process of being searched, but as a precaution, properties around the industrial estate have been temporarily evacuated.
Army bomb disposal experts are at the scene.
A number of road closures are in place:
– Small Heath Highway at Golden Hillock Road (into city)
– Golden Hillock Road at Small Heath Highway (out of city)
– Coventry Road at Talbot Road
There is severe traffic congestion. Drivers and pedestrians are advised to avoid the area to prevent delays to their journey.
Assistant Chief Constable Marcus Beale is leading the operation:
“I would like to thank the public for their ongoing support and the way in which they responded to our appeal.
“I appreciate that there is significant disruption whilst experts search and check this area. These road closures are essential to ensure that we keep everyone safe.
“Investigations like this are complex and we need to ensure that we obtain every piece of information or forensic evidence possible. This could take some time. What I can say is that we will endeavour to return the local area to normal as quickly as possible.”
Police ask that anyone who has shared the CCTV images of a man who was released as wanted in connection with the investigation into the explosion at the Walsall mosque to now remove them in the interests of the investigation.
The Birmingham Resilience Team were requested by police colleagues to put emergency shelter arrangements on standby but these arrangements were not required. Traffic delays may continue in to the evening so allow more time for journies.