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Man, 75, arrested over Walsall mosque bomb

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Image caption Neighbours were evacuated on Saturday after bomb disposal experts were called

A 75-year-old man has been arrested after a home-made bomb was left near a mosque in Walsall.

About 150 people were evacuated from homes near the mosque in Rutter Street after bomb disposal experts were called to the scene on Saturday evening.

Neighbours described hearing a bang on Friday but it was only when a member of the public took the device inside the Aisha Mosque that police were called.

The man was arrested at his home in Walsall on Thursday afternoon.

He was detained on suspicion of causing an explosion likely to endanger life or damage property, West Midlands Police said.

The suspect was taken to a police station in the West Midlands where he is being questioned.

His home address is being searched as part of the investigation.

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