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Video shows PSNI officer using CS spray on Belfast supermarket robbery suspect

 

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Police officer tackles suspect outside Iceland store on Castle Street.

Police officer tackles suspect outside Iceland store on Castle Street.

Police officer tackles suspect outside Iceland store on Castle Street.

Footage has emerged of a police officer using CS spray on a suspected robber as he kicked his way out of a Belfast city centre supermarket.

The video, widely shared on social media, shows a male suspect being sprayed in the face by a police officer after he emerged from the Iceland store on Castle Street.

The footage, understood to be shot on Thursday evening, shows the suspect repeatedly kicking the sliding doors while a police officer stands outside.

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The moment the suspect is sprayed in the face with CS spray by police officer.

The moment the suspect is sprayed in the face with CS spray by police officer.

The moment the suspect is sprayed in the face with CS spray by police officer.

 

The officer then sprays the suspect in the face as he emerges from the store and the officer then chases the suspect up the street.

Another officer then arrives on the scene and both officers then come to a rest by a Black Taxi office before the video ends.

The PSNI said it received a report of a burglary at commercial premises in Castle Street in Belfast just after 8.10pm on the evening of Tuesday 13th November.

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Chief Inspector Gavin Kirkpatrick said: “Initially, there was information to suggest that the assailants may have been armed.

"Local police officers attended and a 32 year old male was arrested on suspicion of burglary, and a 31-year-old male was arrested on suspicion of burglary and assaulting police.

"Both men have since been charged and will appear at Belfast Magistrates on Tuesday 11th December.

"As is normal procedure all charges are reviewed by the PPS.”


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