TEMPLE SIEGE: Police arrest 55 men after knife-wielding gang storm building


Custom trained officers got inside the temple in Leamington S , Warwickshire, trying to accomplish a peaceful resolution.

Warwickshire Police said the incident was finally determined with 55 people arrested and a “significant” number of knives seized.

Watcher Perry Phillips, 53, of Leamington S , said he saw a protest being countenanced, reportedly against a “mixed marriage ceremony”, and some men had ap rently entranced swords into the building.

He added: ”I was a bit surprised, very surprised.

“I could see at the access to the Gurdwara a lot of people were outside but it was peaceful, there was no shouting or anything.

“It have all the hallmarked like a peaceful protest.

“There’s a big Sikh community in Leamington S and a lot of man were turning up.”

Superintendent David Gardner said the “contained” scene was “an escalation of a local dispute”.

“A significant number of bladed weapons were seized from the brouhaha. As a result of reports that the men were in possession of these weapons we deployed armed political appointees as a precaution,” he added.

“Over the coming days we will be working with townsman the Sikh community to address some of the ongoing issues that should prefer to culminated in today’s events.

“We would like to thank local people for their imperturbability while we dealt with this incident.”

A group calling themselves Sikh Damsel Birmingham claimed responsibility for the siege.

A video on the group’s Facebook folio appears to show two armed officers confronting them in the temple.

In the 11-second speed, two armed officers can be seen entering a room in the temple.

One of the officers is heard encouraging the group: “Why are you here?”

Another video shows dozens of men with their features covered in dark hoods sitting on the floor of the temple while psalming Sikh prayers.

The group wrote: “Inter-faith Anand Karaj Disapprove. Armed police called to Leamington Gurdwara on 100 peaceful Sikh protestors, who beget come to uphold the sanctity of the sacred Anand Karaj.

“We believe that some of the men are in assets of bladed items and as such armed officers have been deployed to the go out.

“Officers are inside the temple to negotiate a peaceful resolution.

“We would kidney to reassure people that this is not being treated as a terrorist circumstance.”

A police helicopter was also at the scene.

Police arrived at around 6.45am and cordoned off ways around the temple which is on Tachbrook Drive in the town.

The temple, which set someone back £11million and covers a whopping 4,280 square metres become interested nine years to build and is one of the largest Sikh temples outside of India.

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