A violent attack took place during the Bank Holiday weekend against a Muslim family who were peacefully enjoying a picnic in a Walsall park.

Police have confirmed a group of men  armed with weapons hurled racial abuse and savagely attacked the Muslim family in Doe Bank Park on Sunday (28 May) just before 7pm.

A police investigation has been launched into the horrific incident which saw two members of the Muslim family sustaining nasty head and facial injuries.

Officers acted on information and overnight arrested four men – aged 38, 39, 55 and 58 – on suspicion of assault.

Police have confirmed the men remain in custody for questioning as the investigation continues into the crime.

The shocking Islamophobic attack took place in a Walsall park as a Muslim family were enjoying a picnicTwitter
The shocking attack took place in Doe Bank Park as a Muslim family enjoyed a picnic

Chief Superintendent Phil Dolby, from Walsall LPA, said: “This is a very active investigation and these arrests are a significant step forward in our enquiries.

“The victims were part of a family enjoying a picnic and we understand the concern this has caused within the community.

“We’re working very closely with the family and we’re grateful for all the support we’ve received from the wider community to enable us to fully focus on progressing the investigation.”

Police have called for calm and restraint in the community after news spread about the distressing attack.

Anyone who witnessed the incident are asked to contact police and forward any mobile footage which can support the investigation.

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