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British media report 2 held at gunpoint in bowling alley

British media report 2 held at gunpoint in bowling alley
From CBC - October 22, 2017

Police in central England are warning the public to stay away from a shoppingand recreation centre wherea gunman reportedlytooktwo employees hostageat a bowling alley.

Warwickshire Police confirmed they were dealing with an incident Sunday at Bermuda Park, a shopping and leisure centre in Nuneaton, about 12 kilomeres north of the town of Coventry. The force said the problem was not terrorism-related, but provided no details.

No injuries were reported.

I am stuck in the cinema. Are we safe? How long are we expected to be locked down?

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Mehdi Amshar, chief executive of the MFA Bowl bowling alley chain, told Sky News that he was informed the two employees were being held at gunpoint at the company's Nuneaton branch.

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

Man says customers were allowed to leave

All customers were able to leave the premises and were unharmed, Amshar said. There had been no contact with the two staff members since the commotion was reported, he said.

An eyewitness told Sky a nearby restaurant was in lockdown.

"We got notification that someone had a shotgun inside the bowling alley," the witness, Sarah Fleming, told Sky News. "Then we had notification from the police that he actually had hostages.

"Everyone has been a bit up in the air, do not know what's going on," she said. "Everyone is a little bit scared at the minute."

Police and helicopters on scene

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