Northern Ireland

Four men arrested as police fire shot in south Belfast

The scene of the arrests in south Belfast
Image caption The scene of the arrests in south Belfast

Four men arrested in a PSNI operation in south Belfast in which police fired a shot are being questioned about loyalist paramilitary activity.

Police said they received a telephone call on Wednesday night claiming men were trying to get into a house in south Belfast and that they had a gun.

A short time later, police chased a car along the Donegall Road, cutting across it and forcing it up onto the pavement.

An officer drew his gun and a shot was fired - it is believed accidentally.

The four men in the car, who are aged 21, 27, 29 and 32, were arrested. None of the four was injured.

The Donegall Road between the City Hospital and Roden Street was cordoned off as police carried out the arrests.

The matter has been referred to the police ombudsman.