THE arrest of a schoolboy in which police used CS gas is to be investigated by the Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland.
The probe follows the arrest of the 14-year-old at Oakgrove Integrated College at Gransha on Tuesday afternoon last.
The teen was released on bail pending further inquiries.
Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland Dr Michael Maguire investigates police behaviour, although usually following a complaint.
However, on this occasion he has called himself into to investigate the incident because he believed it merited an independent probe.
His spokesman said: “The Police Ombudsman has decided to call himself in because he believes that this incident merits an independent investigation.”
The spray is generally used by officers to control aggressors in situations where lethal force is inappropriate.
It can cause streaming eyes and a burning sensation.