Thursday 30 March 2017

Man arrested after botched hatchet post office raid

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Cathal McMahon

Cathal McMahon

A man has been arrested after fleeing a botched Post Office raid in North Dublin this morning.

Independent.ie has learned that a man entered Rush Post office at approximately 10.45am today carrying a hatchet.

The man, who was wearing a balaclava, threatened staff and demanded money.

He did not gain entry to the secure area. Nothing was stolen and he exited the Post office and fled in a red Ford Fiesta.

A car, matching this description, was stopped on the M1 by Gardaí from Balbriggan and Swords a short time later.

A 30-year-old man was arrested and is being detained at Balbriggan Garda station under the provisions of section 30 of the Offences Against the State Act 1939 as amended.

During a search of the car a firearm and hatchet were recovered.

Investigations are on going and anyone with information is asked to contact Balbriggan Garda station on 01 8020510, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda station.

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