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All but one of the "bladed weapons" seized after an incident at a Sikh temple which sparked a mass arrest were ceremonial, police said. Armed officers surrounded the Gurdwara Temple in Leamington Spa after reports that between 20 and 30 men had entered the building, many armed with blades.
Some 55 people were arrested on suspicion of aggravated trespass and a "significant number of bladed weapons" were seized, Warwickshire police said earlier on Sunday. The force later confirmed that the majority of these were Kirpans - one of the five physical symbols of faith worn by Sikhs.
Fifty five people have been arrested on suspicion of aggravated trespass after a protest at a Sikh temple in Leamington Spa.
Officers were called to the temple on Tachbrook Drive at 6.47am this morning after a group of men entered the building.
Police say twenty to thirty men, some armed with 'kirpans' - ceremonial swords - entered the Gurdwara Temple early this morning in what is believed to be a row over inter faith marriages.
They said they believed it was the escalation of a local dispute and say they will work with the Sikh community to address some of these on going issues.
We would like to reassure people that this was a contained incident that we believe was an escalation of a local dispute.
A significant number of bladed weapons were seized from the scene. As a result of reports that the men were in possession of these weapons we deployed armed officers as a precaution. Nobody was injured in the incident.
Over the coming days we will be working with local the Sikh community to address some of the ongoing issues that have culminated in today's events.
A number of arrests have been made on suspicion of aggravated trespass at a Sikh temple in Leamington after an earlier incident involving armed men.
A number of arrests made on suspicion of aggravated trespass following incident at Gurdwara Leamington Temple. More to follow.
Police say that they are responding to an ongoing incident at the Gurdwara Temple in Leamington Spa.
A group of 20 - 30 men entered the temple this morning and they are treating it as an aggravated trespass.
Police believe some of the men are in possession of bladed items and as such armed officers have been deployed to the scene.
They they believe it is an escalation of an ongoing local dispute and is NOT being treated as a terrorist incident.
Police are asking people to avoid the area.
The Leamington Food and Drink festival is back this weekend for the 9th annual year.
There will be more than 150 traders offering culinary delights to visitors as well as a Live Kitchen, Kids Cookery School, competitions and live music.
There will also be a BBQ Masterclass for visitors to learn how to make the perfect grill.
The food and drink festival is always a landmark occasion in Leamington’s calendar which attracts thousands of visitors from across the country.
People can look forward to an exciting programme of demonstrations, cooking and baking competitions as well as sampling a wide range of delicious dishes”
For times, prices and more information visit: http://www.leamingtonfoodfestival.co.uk/
Daniel William Bourke, from Leamington Spa has been charged with the attempted murder of a woman who was found with stab wounds.
Police were called to the incident at 5.52pm on Friday 26 August where they discovered a woman, who is also from Leamington Spa, with stab wounds to her neck, back and abdomen.
The woman, who is in her 30s, was taken to hospital where she remains in a critical but stable condition.
45-year-old Bourke will appear at Warwickshire Magistrates Court on Monday 29 August.
A man's been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after a woman was stabbed in her neck, back and abdomen.
The 45-year-old man was detained last night at a house in Newland Road, Leamington Spa.
Police had been called just before 6pm and found a woman in her 30s with the injuries. She was taken to hospital and is in a critical but stable condition.
At this time we believe the suspect and victim were known to each other and there was no risk to the wider public. We will be continuing our enquiries at the house throughout the day.
Warwickshire Pride: Sat 20th Aug (Pump Room Gardens, Royal Leamington Spa)
Diversity will be celebrated this weekend at Warwickshire Pride in Leamington Spa.
The family friendly event will have a Royal theme this year and feature food and drink from around the world, live performances on stage throughout the day, fairground rides and a royal themed Warwickshire Pride Dog Show.
Warwickshire Pride is a fantastic, positive celebration of LGBT culture and diversity.
Anyone is welcome to come to the festival, not just LGBT people. We’ve made sure it’s a whole family friendly event and we’ll have lots going on for people of all ages to enjoy.”
For times, prices and more information visit: www.warwickshirepride.co.uk
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