Investigation has been launched over the shocking footage that went viral, where officers were recorded dragging a couple to the ground in a supermarket and put them under arrest over bottles of water.

The supermarket staff refused them the purchse of such large amounts of water bottles.

Customers watched in alarm as the man and his wife were alleged to have been wrestled to the floor at a Tesco’s in Rochdale, Greater Manchester, before being hauled away.

The couple, Nasir Hussain and Mahira Hussain, both of Oldham, were charged with assault following the incident, according to Greater Manchester Police.

Greater Manchester Police say they have since received a complaint to their Professional Standards Branch following the incident.

The scenes followed claims that staff had refused to let them buy more than 20 bottles of mineral water when they brought a trolley-load of flavoured Volvic up to the counter, allegedly leading to an argument with a security guard.

Video filmed by the man’s partner appears to show how the scenes unfolded with the pair standing next to trolley full of bottled water at the checkout.

UPDATE: Statment released by John-Paul Ruffle, District Superintendent, GMP.

Following the incident at Tesco in Rochdale IOPC have today released the below statement.

The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) has begun an investigation following an incident at a supermarket in Rochdale, Greater Manchester.

Footage of the incident, which has been widely publicised, shows Greater Manchester Police (GMP) officers arresting two people at a Tesco supermarket on Silk Road on the evening of 25 September 2018.

IOPC Regional Director Amanda Rowe: “After careful assessment, we have taken the decision to launch an investigation into this incident following the complaint referred to us.
“we are aware that the footage, which has been circulated in the media and on social media, is causing concern. This, as well as the serious allegations made in the complaint, means it is vital for public confidence that we look independently at the circumstances and the actions of the officers involved.”

GMP has made a referral to the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) on 28 September after receiving a complaint alleging excessive use of force and discrimination by the arresting officers.