Man in court over bowling alley lockdown


A man charged in connection with the Nuneaton bowling alley lockdown is due to appear before magistrates later.

David Clarke, 53, was arrested and charged with false imprisonment and imitation firearm offences after armed officers swooped on the MFA Bowl in Bermuda Park on Sunday afternoon.

The arrest came after reports that a man had entered the building with a firearm at about 2.30pm.

Specialist firearms officers, police negotiators, and other emergency services arrived at the scene before officers announced they had made an arrest after 7pm.

The retail park, which contains restaurants and a cinema, was evacuated and there were no injuries. Police confirmed the incident was not terror-related.

Mr Clarke, of Ryde Avenue, Nuneaton, is due to appear at the Warwickshire Justice Centre in Leamington Spa after being charged with two counts of false imprisonment, one count of criminal damage and two counts of possession of a bladed article.

He is also charged with one count of possession of an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence and two counts of possession of an imitation firearm with intent to commit an indictable offence in connection with the incident.