Northern Ireland

Trio arrested over suspected attempted kidnapping in Belfast

A man in his 20s was treated for a head injury following incident on Tuesday

The PSNI stance appeared to be contrary to guidance issued by the National Police Chiefs’ Council, it was suggested
Police are investigating following a suspected attempted kidnapping in Belfast city centre on Tuesday. (Niall Carson/PA)

Three men have been arrested by police investigating a report of an attempted kidnapping in Belfast city centre.

The incident was reported in the Bruce Street area shortly after noon on Tuesday, when police officers on patrol spotted an altercation.

”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,” a PSNI spokesperson said.

“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 in their 20s and a third male in his teens were arrested a short distance away on suspicion of offences including attempted kidnapping and assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

All three remained in police custody on Tuesday evening.

”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, quoting reference 556 of 16/04/24,” the spokesperson added.