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Officers involved in armed siege recognised at police awards

Officers involved in an armed siege at a bowling alley in Nuneaton last year have been recognised for their 'professionalism' at the Warwickshire Police Chief Constable's Awards.

Thirty-four officers, including negotiators, firearms officers and investigators, received commendations at the awards ceremony at Leamington Town Hall last night (Tuesday 13 November).

The police operation was launched after a 53-year-old man from Nuneaton armed with a deactivated sawn-off shotgun and knives took two hostages at the bowling alley in Bermuda Park.

Armed officers and negotiators were deployed to the scene and there was a four-hour standoff before police stormed the building following concerns shots had been fired.

The man was arrested and later pleaded guilty to firearm and knife offences.

He was originally sentenced to 12 years in prison and this was reduced to 10 years at the Court of Appeal.

Chief Constable Martin Jelley QPM said: "On that day in October last year, the world's media was focused on Warwickshire and on Warwickshire Police.

"The officers involved train for incidents such as this and when that training was called upon they acted with professionalism and brought a volatile situation to a peaceful conclusion. The people of Warwickshire should feel reassured by their actions.

"All the officers involved in the incident and the subsequent investigation are a credit to the force. I'm proud of each and every one of them."

 

Posted by Sam Cook, Communications Officer

Published 14/11/18