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Man appears in court on false imprisonment charge after bowling alley incident

David Clarke, 53, of Ryde Avenue, Nuneaton, was arrested after armed police swooped on the MFA Bowl om Sunday.

A 53-year-old man has appeared in court charged with false imprisonment and possession of a sawn-off shotgun and a samurai sword in connection with a bowling alley siege.

David Clarke was arrested on Sunday after an incident in MFA Bowl in St David’s Way, Bermuda Park, Nuneaton, at 2.30pm.

Officers had a four-hour stand-off with a gunman inside the building, with two hostages being held.

Clarke of Ryde Avenue, Nuneaton, is charged with two counts of false imprisonment, one count of possession of a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence and two counts of possession of an imitation firearm with intent to cause an indictable offence.

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The accused's next appearance will be on November 21 (Aaron Chown/PA)

He is also accused of one count of criminal damage, two counts of possession of a bladed article, one samurai sword and one knife.

Wearing a grey sweatshirt, Clarke spoke only to confirm his name and address in a 40-minute hearing at Warwickshire Justice Centre on Tuesday.

He stood emotionless in the dock as chairwoman of the bench Margaret Middleton remanded him in custody until the next hearing at Warwick Crown Court on November 21.

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