Gunman has taken hostages in Bermuda Park Nuneaton

Man with sawn-off shotgun takes hostages at Nuneaton bowling alley

Warwickshire Police have confirmed they are dealing with an ‘ongoing incident’ at Bermuda Park, and called for people to steer clear.

Witnesses have claimed that man is armed with a sawn-off shotgun and has taken two people hostage.

One man has tweeted: “Odeon Cinema in Nuneaton, Warwickshire on lockdown man inside has taken hostages. Police have closed the area.”

According to eye-witness Dean Rogers, access to the site has been blocked by police and there are up to 30 armed officers at the scene.

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Bermuda Park in Nuneaton on lockdown as gunman takes hostages at bowling alley

All roads into Bermuda Park have been blocked by police, according to reports on Twitter.

The neighbouring soft play centre is on lockdown as well.

Another eye-witness Geoff Barkeley was at the cinema watching Blade Runner along with his family when the lights went out and staff moved the audience to another screen.

Warwickshire Police tweeted: “Officers are currently dealing with an ongoing incident at Bermuda Park, #Nuneaton. Please avoid the area.”

Another witness said on Twitter that a both a police helicopter and air ambulance were circling in the air above the venue.

Visitor Lloyd Weightman, who was with his two sons, told the Coventry Telegraph he saw a man with a shotgun at the bowling alley, who told him to “get the f*** out”.

Commercial lawyer Ian Brown tweeted: “Odeon Cinema in Nuneaton, Warwickshire on lockdown man inside has taken hostages. Police have closed the area.”

One witness to events wrote on Twitter: “I can see the police helicopter yeah I think they’ve locked people in the Odeon cinema I was on about going there today to watch the new Snowman thriller film ! Heard guys taken hostages in the bowling place and police have blocked all roads from Bedworth into Nuneaton.”

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A gunman is said to have taken hostages at Bermuda Park in Nuneaton

Twitter user Laura tweeted: “All roads into bermuda are blocked by police. Just happened as we drove past 5 mins ago. Helicopter above.”

Gary Cockerill tweeted: “Apparently man armed with sawn off taken hostages in bowling alley”.

Replying to Warwickshire Police’s post about the “ongoing incident” on Twitter, Paul Edgington said: “I’m stuck in the cinema. Are we safe? How long are we expected to be locked down?”

The air ambulance has now reportedly landed and there are at least three other ambulances at the scene.

A long with a heavy police presence with armed officers a dog unit is also said to be at the scene.

There is speculation that the gunman is a former worker at Bermuda Park.

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Police have locked down Bermuda Park leisure complex in Nuneaton

There also appears to be an abandoned car near the incident that witnesses say could be connected to the hostage incident.

A message on Facebook said that the man had taken two hostages but this has not been confirmed by the police.

Unconfirmed reports are now saying there could be three hostages.

Witness Sarah Fleming told Sky News that people may have to wait 4-5 hours to be able to leave the area and they had been told to stay inside the buildings and not to venture outside.

She said: “We got notification that someone had a shotgun inside the bowling alley.

“We were inside Frankie and Benny’s and obviously we went on lockdown, no one was allowed in or out.

“Then we had notification from the police that he actually had hostages.

“Everyone has been a bit up in the air, don’t know what’s going on and obviously there is a lot of children in here as well which has been quite an experience for them.

“So everyone is a little bit scared at the minute. There are a lot of children here.”

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Warwickshire Police’s Twitter message

She said that police had confirmed to her that there was a gunman in the bowling alley with hostages.

Another Twitter user wrote: “A man is holding people hostage with a gun in the bowling alley. Was just about to go for a carvery there and all the roads are closed off and police are everywhere and the whole of Bermuda park is shut so no one can get in or out.”

Local MP Marcus Jones told Sky News: “I myself have not spent a great deal of time calling senior officers from Warwickshire Police.

“Looking at the incident on the screen, it’s a situation where we need to let the police do their job.

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

Bermuda Park is an out of town leisure park with an Odean cinema, children’s soft play centre, Nuffield Health gym, Holiday Inn hotel, a DIY store and pubs and restaurants.

The park is two miles south of Nuneaton town centre just a stones throw from the M6 in the Midlands.

Nuneaton is around a 20-minute drive north of Coventry in the Midlands.

The Coventry Telegraph is reporting that an armoured vehicle has appeared on the scene.

Eye-witness Lawrence Hallett, who was in the bowling alley when the gunman appeared, told Sky News that the suspect was a male, around 40 years old and unshaven.

Mr Hallett descrbed him as being “rough around the edges” with an “aggressive demeanour” who was “constantly shouting and swearing”.

Warwickshire Police have confirmed in a tweet that the incident is “unconnected to any terrorist activity.”

One witness told BBC News: “When we were leaving there were police standing around the bowling alley, there were police cars outside the main entrance, with police officers in full body armour.”

An update from the West Midlands Ambulance Service said that they had a “number of resources” at the scene and were called at 3.40pm.

They said that they had two paramedic officers at the scene, an emergency planning officer and a Hazardous Area Response Unit at the scene.

The air ambulance has left the scene.

The chief executive of MFA Bowl in Nuneaton Mehdi Afshar has confirmed that two members of staff are unaccounted for and are being held hostage.

Additional reporting by Tom Parfitt

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