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Man held in hospital 'gun' alert

A man has been arrested on suspicion of producing a gun inside a Belfast hospital.

The 26-year-old was detained in the Accident and Emergency department of the Royal Victoria Hospital in the early hours of this morning.

The incident unfolded in a toilet facility in the waiting room.

It is understood the suspect was taken into custody after a period of negotiation with staff and police officers.

A spokesman for Belfast Health and Social Care Trust said: "We can confirm that our security staff and the PSNI responded to an incident in the waiting area of the emergency department last night. A person was taken into custody and a firearm was recovered."

PSNI Inspector Paul Noble said: "Police arrested a 26-year-old man in the early hours of this morning, Wednesday 18 March, at a hospital on the Grosvenor Road, Belfast, on suspicion of possession of a firearm in suspicious circumstances."

The man remained in custody this afternoon.

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