Northern Ireland

Three men arrested over attempted kidnapping in Belfast

Police said a man was forced out of a stationary van in Bruce Street

The Police Ombudsman said a PSNI officer was dismissed following an investigation by her office
Police said the men remain in custody (Niall Carson/PA)

Three men were questioned on Tuesday by police following an attempted kidnapping in Belfast.

Officers on patrol witnessed an altercation between a number of men in the Bruce Street area on Tuesday shortly after midday.

A PSNI spokesperson said: “It was reported that a man was forced out of a stationary van by three other men, one of whom was armed with a knife.

“The victim, aged in his 20s was threatened by the men, who told him to get back into the vehicle.

“He attended hospital for treatment to a head injury which is not believed to be life-threatening at this time.”

Two men men, aged in their 20s, were arrested at the scene, while a third man, aged in his late teens, was arrested a short distance away.

”They were arrested on suspicion of a number of offences including attempted kidnapping and assault occasioning actual bodily harm,” the spokesperson added.

Following questioning, the three men were released on bail ahead of further enquiries.

”Anyone who was in the area at the time and saw anything, or who may have dashcam, CCTV or other video footage, is asked to contact us on 101.”