UK police have ruled out any terrorism connections in an ongoing “hostage situation” at a leisure center in Nuneaton, central England, where a gunman is said to have taken at least two hostages.
Warwickshire police urged people to steer clear from Bermuda Park on Sunday, after heavily armed security forces cordoned off the area to investigate reports of a gunman at a bowling alley there.
“Officers are currently dealing with an ongoing incident at Bermuda Park, #Nuneaton. Please avoid the area,” the police department said in a tweet.
The local police gave no further details but British police later said the incident was not connected to “any terrorist activity.”
People at the complex, which houses a cinema, a children’s play center and a gym, reported seeing a man with a sawn-off shotgun in the bowling area of the complex, according to local media.
One witness said a police officer confirmed to her that the armed man was holding hostages.
“We got notification that someone had a shotgun inside the bowling alley,” she told Sky News
The incident comes after a series of terror attacks that have rocked Britain
this year, killing dozens of people and injuring hundreds, putting the capital on high alert.