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PSNI swoop Three appear in court on robbery charges after dramatic arrest in Belfast on Saturday morning

It was heard the men were wearing several layers of clothes when they were arrested

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Under cover cops swoop on a man parked outside Greggs bakery at the bottom of the Falls Road. A number of cops jumped from unmarked cars with guns drawn in a dramatic arrested  which was captured  on video.

Under cover cops swoop on a man parked outside Greggs bakery at the bottom of the Falls Road. A number of cops jumped from unmarked cars with guns drawn in a dramatic arrested which was captured on video.

Under cover cops swoop on a man parked outside Greggs bakery at the bottom of the Falls Road. A number of cops jumped from unmarked cars with guns drawn in a dramatic arrested which was captured on video.

Three men have appeared in court in Belfast after they were arrested by police investigating a series of armed robberies in which more than £200,000 was stolen.

Jason McMillan (30), Michael McMillan (27) and Stephen Allen (23) were arrested on Saturday morning by the Paramilitary Crime Task Force (PCTF).

One of the arrests was caught on camera by onlookers showing undercover plain-clothes police officers yelling at a man to stay on the ground.

Video footage showed an officer wearing a hi-viz baseball cap pointing a high-powered rifle at the suspect outside shops in the Northumberland Street and Divis Street area of Belfast as shoppers and commuters went about their morning business.

Michael McMillan, of Carlisle Road in Belfast, and Allen, of Glenville Park in Newtownabbey, were allegedly in a car with a loaded firearm. They've been charged with conspiracy to rob and possessing a firearm with intent to endanger life.

Jason McMillan, of Duncairn Parade in the city, was arrested in a separate operation and has been charged with a single count of conspiracy to rob.

Police told Belfast Magistrates Court they believe the men were involved in a plan to rob a cash delivery van operating in the area.

A detective said: "Since December last year the Paramilitary Crime Task Force have been conducting a proactive investigation concerning a series of armed robberies, two in Belfast and one of the Antrim area with a total loss of about £210,000."

The court was also told by detectives that police believe between Friday and Saturday morning 46 attempted communications were made between the three men, with Jason McMillan alleged to be the "controlling mind" in the operation.

Detectives told the court that Michael McMillan was heavily under the influence of drugs when he was arrested and had to go to hospital after losing consciousness during the arrest.

They allege that he and Allen had been wearing multiple layers of clothes which they believe were for use during the robbery.

All three were remanded in custody and will appear again in four weeks time.

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