According to local media reports, a man armed with a shotgun has taken hostages at a leisure complex in Nuneaton, Britain.
Hours later, the chief executive of MFA Bowl, which owns the bowling alley, was quoted by BBC as saying that British police had stormed the building and ended the hostage situation. A loud bang has been heard during the police operation.
According to the West Midlands Ambulance Service, a suspect has been taken to hospital.
#Nuneaton incident. Confirmed 2 hostages being held. Perpetrator is armed with shotgun. Police in attendance— will geddes (@willgeddes) 22 октября 2017 г.
Ambulances on bluelights leaves Bermuda Park, #Nuneaton hostage incident, after loud bang. Hostages situation believed to have ended— Police Hour (@PoliceHour) 22 октября 2017 г.
Earlier in the day, police have confirmed they were responding to the "incident" at Bermuda Park, which was not believed to be linked to terrorism.
Officers are dealing with ongoing incident at Bermuda Park, #Nuneaton and confirm this incident is unconnected to any terrorist activity— Warwickshire Police (@warkspolice) 22 октября 2017 г.
BREAKING: #Nuneaton MP says: “Let the police do their job in this situation. They’re dealing with the incident”.— Benjamin Wareing (@BenjaminWareing) 22 октября 2017 г.
The area was placed on lockdown with up to 30 armed officers having arrived, according to the Sunday Express newspaper.
URGENT BREAKING: Man with shotgun takes hostages in #Nuneaton, UK.— Benjamin Wareing (@BenjaminWareing) 22 октября 2017 г.
Large police response.
The chief executive of the MFA Bowl, Mehdi Afshar, has said that two staff members had been taken hostage, adding that he believes the armed man was an ex-partner of a worker. "Our priority is the safety of our staff and customers," he told Sky News.
The gunman at #nuneaton is said to be an ex of another member of staff, who is not one of the hostages. He began siege just after 2.30pm— Dan Sales (@ByDanSales) 22 октября 2017 г.
Witnesses cited by local media outlets have described the gunman as being in his 40s and "definitely on something."
Eyewitness tells BBC #Nuneaton gunman was in his '40s, a bit rough round the edges'— Will Worley (@willrworley) 22 октября 2017 г.
'Shouting, swearing and pointing gun around'
Media reports cited eyewitnesses as saying that a police helicopter and air ambulance had been seen over the site.