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Shoppers outside City Hall on Royal Avenue, Belfast city centre (File photo) Paul Faith/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Man carrying a gun arrested in Belfast shop

The 22-year-old had been acting suspiciously at a business premises on Royal Avenue this afternoon.

A MAN BELIEVED to have been armed with a gun has been arrested in a Belfast shopping area.

The 22-year-old was taken into custody after a report of an incident at a business premises in the Royal Avenue area of Belfast earlier this afternoon.

The man was seen acting suspiciously in a shop in the area at around 2.20pm and police were called to investigate. Police drew tasers but they were not used, according to the BBC.

He was arrested shortly afterwards and is currently helping police with their enquiries. The suspected firearm has been recovered by police.

The office of the Police Ombudsman of Northern Ireland has been informed of the case as part of normal procedure, police have said.

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