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Nuneaton MFA bowling alley siege: David Clarke in court

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Image caption Police stormed a building after a four-hour siege at a bowling alley in Nuneaton

A man accused of taking two people hostage during a four-hour siege at a bowling alley has appeared in court.

David Clarke, 53, faces eight charges over the stand-off at Nuneaton's MFA Bowl last month, including possession of a samurai sword and a sawn-off shotgun.

He did not enter a plea when he appeared at Warwick Crown Court.

Mr Clarke, of Ryde Avenue, Nuneaton, was remanded in custody and will next appear on 12 January.

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Mr Clarke is charged with the following offences:

  • Two counts of false imprisonment
  • Two counts of possession of a bladed article - one samurai sword and one knife
  • One count of possession of a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence
  • Two counts of possession of an imitation firearm with intent to cause an indictable offence
  • One count of criminal damage

About 40 or 50 people were said to be inside the leisure complex at the time of the siege.

A provisional trial date was set for 23 April next year.

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