UK police end armed hostage-taking at English leisure complex

Cheryl Sanders
October 23, 2017

British police were dealing with "a hostage situation" at a retail park in Nuneaton, local media reported on Sunday.

"I initially thought it was a fire alarm or something like that and I said "What's the problem?"

Witnesses have described the terrifying moment the gunman stormed the MFA Bowl and screamed at punters to "get the f*** out".

Amshar said he believed the gunman was an ex-husband or former boyfriend of an employee, but he couldn't be sure.

He was treated at the scene and taken to a hospital for treatment.

Some people were being allowed to leave the complex, another witness told Sky News.

Bermuda Park was in lockdown for more than four hours while the suspect held two male members of staff inside the bowling alley.

People "shouted and screamed" during the incident in Nuneaton.

"I looked up and there was a guy, probably 20 or 30 feet away, walking towards us with a sawn-off shotgun sort of slung over his shoulder", Lawrence Hallett told Sky News.

"We would like to reassure the Nuneaton community that the incident is unconnected to any terrorist incident".

The witness, Sarah Fleming, says she had been told a man with a gun had taken an unspecified number of hostages.

"Our priority is the safety of our staff and customers", he told Sky News.

Witness Carl Lenton was eating at the same restaurant with his two-year-old daughter when they were alerted to the hostage situation.

Liam Roberts said: "He came out near the door to try to scare people - we knew it was a shotgun". You just wonder what's going to happen to you, whether it's terrorism.

Chief Superintendent Alex Franklin-Smith said: "We are pleased we were able to bring this incident to a peaceful resolution and there were no injuries".

"It is an extremely worrying situation but I have every confidence that Warwickshire Police are capable of dealing with what looks like a very hard situation".

"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.

The siege caused chaos at Bermuda Park, which includes a cinema, restaurants, a Holiday Inn, gym and children's play centre.

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