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.Midlands Live: Ex-head on 15 child sex charges; Pilot in court over wife’s murderMr 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.