Man arrested after hostage situation at Nuneaton bowling alley

Remigio Civitarese
Ottobre 23, 2017

Mehdi Afshar, chief executive of MFA Bowl which owns the alley, was quoted by the BBC as saying the police had stormed the building and ended the siege. "I would like to reassure the Nuneaton community that the incident is unconnected to any terrorist activity", said Warwickshire Police Chief Superintendent Alex Franklin-Smith.

A man who entered a bowling alley armed with a shotgun held the weapon above his head and shouted "game over" before taking two male staff members hostage.

Witnesses told of panic as people tried to flee.

"And at that point we backed off to our cars".

Alex MulHolland said: "We were just having a game. and a man who was also bowling ran across our lane and he was like "get out, get out", shouting".

Lenton said: "There were police cars arriving, there was a helicopter, police dogs, armed police stood all around the bowling alley, around the outside of it", Lenton said.

Children were evacuated from the nearby Bermuda Adventure Soft Play World.

No-one was allowed in or out of the premises, where there were lots of children, she said.

"The adults are getting nervous so the kids are getting a little bit wild [after being trapped inside for so long]".

Warwickshire Police said via Twitter that the incident is not terrorism-related and asked people to avoid the area.

Mr Roberts said: "I think he was trying to make people scared, to know he was there".

Ms Mjeshtri said she was eventually allowed to leave after police moved her auto to a safer place.

Another witness from the same restaurant, Carl Lenton, described a "quite scary" situation unfolding outside.

Police confirmed that no one was injured in the incident, although the local ambulance service said the suspect had been treated at the scene before being taken to a hospital. There are no injuries at present, they added.

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