The Police Rescued Hostages at a Bowling Club in England

A file image shows two British police officers.         
                                     Dr Andy Medina  Getty

A file image shows two British police officers. Dr Andy Medina Getty

"We would like to reassure the Nuneaton community that the incident is unconnected to any terrorist incident".

One man said he saw a man holding the weapon to his own head, as two male members of staff were taken hostage.

The gunman may have been injured when police moved in to end the standoff.

Following the conclusion of the incident, forensics officers were examining the scene and a red Peugeot 307 auto was removed by police on the back of a vehicle transporter.

A man has been arrested and is in police custody.

"He said: "[We were in the restaurant] opposite the bowling alley, we were at a table in the window.

Mehdi Amshar, chief executive of the MFA Bowl bowling alley, told Sky News he had been informed the two employees were being held at gunpoint at the Nuneaton branch. According to unofficial information, the gunman is a former husband of a woman who was among the hostages. "We got notification that someone had a shotgun inside the bowling alley", witness Sarah Fleming told Sky News.

The local ambulance service said an air ambulance had departed the scene and there were so far no casualties.

The restaurant was put on lockdown.

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No one was seriously hurt in the attack that started at around 8.30 the Haidhausen area, east of downtown Munich. Police said he appeared to be about 40 years old and had a black bicycle, gray pants , a green jacket and a backpack.

People, including children, were evacuated from nearby properties in the retail park during the incident, which police confirmed was not terror-related.

"I was like 'What's going on?' so I turn around and there was a white guy, greyish beard, weird-looking man, he's got a gun up here, like this over his head".

Carl Lenton witnessed the scene from Frankie and Benny's restaurant.

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

Police in central England are warning the public to stay away from a shopping center where British media report a man with a shotgun has taken hostages at a bowling alley.

A woman trapped inside with her family told Sky News: "We were told to get back from the doors as there was a man outside with a gun".

Chief Superintendent Alex Franklin-Smith said: "We would like to thank local people for their patience and co-operation while officers dealt with this incident".

"But I have every confidence that Warwickshire Police are capable and are able to deal with what looks like a very hard situation".

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