Police have said a man being restrained by officers was wanted in connection with dangerous driving.

CCTV footage being shared on social media is of an arrest in Accrington on Wednesday 8 January and shows a man raise his hands and drop to his knees when approached by officers.

He is then overpowered by officers one whom can be seen punching the man on his leg as he lays on the ground.

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A fifth officer then handcuffs the man.

Police said that at around 11am on January 8th police received a report of a burglary at an address in Blackburn during which a Nissan Juke car was stolen.



A statement read, “The car was later spotted by police in the Church area and pursued by officers to the Lonsdale Street area of Accrington where a stinger was deployed to bring the vehicle to a stop.

“This happened at shortly before 2pm.

“A man got out of the car and was then detained by officers and his arrest is what is seen in the footage which has been widely shared.

“We appreciate the concern that perceptions of the officer actions in this video have caused and we would like to reassure people that the incident is being fully reviewed by our Professional Standards Department.

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“In the interests of openness and transparency we are also voluntarily referring the incident to the Independent Office for Police Conduct.”

Adeel Ashraf, aged 34, of Bellfield Road, Accrington, has been charged with aggravated vehicle taking and dangerous driving. He has also been recalled to prison.