Arsonists are believed to have started a fire outside a mosque in Redditch on Tuesday evening (January 24).
Firefighters tackled a small fire at the front door of the building in Jinnah Road at about 10.20pm. No-one was injured and there was no major damage to the building.
Police were also called and said they were treating the incident as arson. An investigation is now underway and officers said the exact circumstances surrounding the fire were not yet known.
Two fire crews from Redditch were sent and used one hose reel to douse the flames.
Police officers are appealing for any witnesses who may have been in the area at the time of the fire to come forward. Anyone with any information should call West Mercia Police on 0300 333 3000.
When another local mosque was vandalised last year a spokesperson for the Redditch Mosque Trust was quoted as saying that he did not believe there was a racial motive for the vandalism, adding: “I’ve been living here since 1977 – we don’t have a problem with any people here.” The latest attack would suggest that this assessment was over-optimistic.