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Video 'shows police drop gun magazine and bullets' on Northern Ireland street - Ombudsman asked to investigate

The Police Ombudsman in Northern Ireland has been asked to investigate after a video emerged appearing to show a police officer drop the magazine from his gun and bullets.

Sinn Fein MLA John O'Dowd has said it is important to ensure public safety was not put at risk.

It's thought the incident occurred on Thursday at the railway crossing in the centre of Lurgan. Police had been called to the scene after a man died after he was hit by a train.

The footage shows one officer duck underneath a police cordon before something can be seen dropping from his weapon. He picks it up and goes to continue on.

However, those gathered around the scene can be heard shouting that the man has "dropped bullets". Another officer can then be seen gesturing to the officer at something on the ground. The officer returns and picks up something before moving on.

Upper Bann MLA John O’Dowd has referred the video to the Police Ombudsman’s Office.

“The video which first appeared on social media shows police at a cordon in Lurgan on the 18th of October following a tragedy on the railway lines.

“The officer in question is seen on patrol when he drops what appears to be a magazine clip from a rifle.

"He picks it up but is called back by young people to pick up what they claim are bullets left on the road.

“I have asked the Police Ombudsman to investigate to ensure the full facts are known and to ensure if public safety was put at risk that it doesn’t happen again.”

The PSNI said as the matter had been referred to the Police Ombudsman it would be inappropriate to comment.

A spokesperson for the Police Ombudsman said: “The Office has received notification of this issue today and is conducting initial enquiries.”

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