Gunman takes hostages in British bank

http://news-updations.blogspot.comARMED police have surrounded a British bank today mid reports that a gunman had taken a number of hostages.

Shortly before 4pm local time, police received reports that several people were being held at the gunpoint in a branch of Barclays Bank in Ashford, Surrey, on the outskirts of west London.

Police sealed off the area and ushered pedestrians to safety. It is believed that the gunman and several hostages, including both the customers and employees, are still inside the premises, Sky said.

Witness Joshua Williams said he heard the police cars screeching to a halt in front of the bank and saw officers deploying around the building behind shields.

A special negotiating team was dispatched, but it was not yet clear if it had made contact with the suspect or if it was a hostage situation, a police spokesman said, that speaking on condition of anonymity in line with force policy.
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