Sunday, 22 October 2017

Gunman takes staff hostage at Nuneaton bowling alley, boss says

A man armed with a shotgun has taken two members of staff hostage at a bowling alley.
Mehdi Amshar, chief executive of MFA Bowl, told Sky News it is believed the gunman is an ex-husband or ex-boyfriend of one of the members of staff who is being held in Nuneaton, Warwickshire.

He said they have not been able to contact the two members of staff and added: "All our staff, the rest of our staff, are safe and they made sure that all the customers have left the premises so everybody is in safety, with the exception of the two people who are, we know that are missing and we assume that they are the two that are still inside the premises because the manageress has done the check but those two people are not accounted for."

Witness Lawrence Hallett, said he saw a man walking towards him carrying a shotgun and then ran "hell for leather" out of the bowling alley, which is in the Bermuda Park leisure complex.

Warwickshire police say they are dealing with an "ongoing incident" and are urging people to avoid the area.

It is "unconnected to any terrorist activity", the force said.

West Midlands Ambulance Service said an air ambulance had landed at the scene, but has since left. There are no injuries at present, they added.

Footage from the scene showed armed officers in a car park along with several police vehicles.

Sarah Fleming said she was in a nearby Frankie and Benny's restaurant and police told her she would have to stay there for four to five hours.

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

She added: "Everyone is a little bit scared at the minute."

She said she had not seen the gunman herself, but had been told about the armed man by police who surrounded the building.

SKY    News.