Armed police have surrounded a Sikh temple after it was stormed by a group of men armed with knives.
Between 20 and 30 men, some carrying blades, entered the Gurdwara Temple in Leamington Spa, England, according to police.
Officers are responding to an ongoing incident at the Gurdwara Temple on Tachbrook Drive, Leamington Spa https://t.co/WlxFZUk8An— Warwickshire Police (@warkspolice) September 11, 2016
Warwickshire Police said the incident is an “escalation of an ongoing local dispute” and is not being treated as a terrorist incident.
A spokesman said: “We believe that some of the men are in possession of bladed items and as such armed officers have been deployed to the scene. Officers are inside the Temple to negotiate a peaceful resolution.
“There are also religious leaders in the Temple working with officers to negotiate a peaceful resolution.”
Our Sacred Gurdwara Sikh Temple Leamington Spa stormed by protesters against marriage ceremony armed Police stand by pic.twitter.com/gHZRc0G5pU— Perry Phillips (@gmbperry) September 11, 2016
Police were called to the building in Tachbrook Drive at around 6.45am on Sunday and a cordon was put in place around the temple.
A number of people have since been arrested on suspicion of aggravated trespassing.
A number of arrests made on suspicion of aggravated trespass following incident at Gurdwara Leamington Temple. More to follow.— Warwickshire Police (@warkspolice) September 11, 2016