Thursday 21 September 2017

Derek Brockwell may have threatened pharmacy staff with knife - CCTV footage

CCTV footage of a man matching the description of Derek Brockwell, walking into Urban Pharmacy on Belfast's Dublin Road (Picture by Justin Kernoghan)
CCTV footage of a man matching the description of Derek Brockwell, walking into Urban Pharmacy on Belfast's Dublin Road (Picture by Justin Kernoghan)
CCTV footage of a man matching the description of Derek Brockwell, walking into Urban Pharmacy on Belfast's Dublin Road (Picture by Justin Kernoghan)
CCTV footage of a man matching the description of Derek Brockwell, walking into Urban Pharmacy on Belfast's Dublin Road (Picture by Justin Kernoghan)
Urban Pharmacy on Belfast's Dublin Road (Picture by Justin Kernoghan)
Urban Pharmacy on Belfast's Dublin Road (Picture by Justin Kernoghan)
Cliff McElhinney outside Urban Pharmacy on Belfast's Dublin Road (Picture by Justin Kernoghan)
Cliff McElhinney outside Urban Pharmacy on Belfast's Dublin Road (Picture by Justin Kernoghan)
Urban Pharmacy on Belfast's Dublin Road (Picture by Justin Kernoghan)
Cliff McElhinney outside Urban Pharmacy on Belfast's Dublin Road (Picture by Justin Kernoghan)
Derek Brockwell

David Kearns

Derek Brockwell is believed to have robbed a pharmacy at knifepoint, just hours before he was caught by police in Belfast.

Following his escape during a trip to Tallaght Hospital in Dublin, the violent 53-year-old fled to North Ireland and may have carried out the robbery shortly before he was arrested outside a pub on Bedford Street Wednesday night.

Pharmacist Cliff McElhinney told RTE News that Brockwell had come into the Urban Pharmacy on Dublin Road earlier in the day looking for help with a cut.

Told to head to a nearby hospital for treatment, Brockwell returned later in the afternoon and threatened staff with a knife.

CCTV footage inside the pharmacy just before the robbery showed a man appearing to match Brockwell's description enter the premises.

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"He came up to the counter with a purchase and whilst I was ringing that through the till, he produced a knife," Mr McElhinney said.

"He held another member of staff at knifepoint and robbed the pharmacy then.

“Whilst it was happening staff followed procedure, they were calm and did everything they were supposed to do, but obviously being held at knifepoint is a frightening experience and not something you expect to happen."

Mr McElhinney said Brockwell did not get away with a significant amount of money due to the time of the day.

Brockwell was later arrested on suspicion of two counts of robbery and two counts of possessing an offensive weapon.

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He was found by police about 200 yards away from the pharmacy at about 7:30pm, and when approached by officers he took out a knife and began stabbing himself in the abdomen.

He remains under PSNI custody at the Royal Victoria Hospital where he is receiving treatment for his injuries.

A major manhunt took place in the country after Brockwell stabbed two prison officers and escaped during a trip to Tallaght Hospital, Dublin on Tuesday.

The search saw extra officers posted to sea and airports to watch out for the dangerous fugitive while gardai also worked closely with the UK police and the PSNI.

Overnight and today detectives also interviewed anyone who had visited Brockwell in Portlaoise maximum security prison over the past 12 months.

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