Dramatic scenes as armed police surround car on roadside outside Cookstown

Police arrest video appears on Facebook on Thursday evening
Police arrest video appears on Facebook on Thursday evening

A group of officers from the PSNI’s tactical support unit have been caught on camera carrying out an operation on the Dungannon Road, outside Cookstown.

The video, which appeared on Facebook on Thursday evening, appears to show two tactical officers forcibly escorting one man to their vehicle, while a second man was being held by police to the side of the road.

The man who uploaded it to Facebook said it happened on “Cookstown line”.

Around six officers appear to have been involved in the operation, in which it is understood two police cars swooped in on their target, closely passing another vehicle.

When they stopped the white VW car, another witness who said they had seen events leading up to what the video contains, told the Mail: “Police got out and tried co-operating with individuals, but they kicked at the officers and threw some punches.

“Police then had to use force but it seemed to aggravate the men more, pepper spray was used and I believe one armed response officer used a baton to defend himself.”

A spokesperson for the PSNI: “Police carried out a stop and search of a car and two male occupants on the Cookstown Road at around 8.30pm on Thursday 9 June. No arrests were made.”