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Sunday 24 September 2017

Fugitive holds four staff hostage in pharmacy

Tom Brady and Eimear Ni Bhraonain

A criminal who held chemist shop staff hostage for more than two hours yesterday had escaped from custody in a garda station the previous evening.

Four terrified staff at O'Dwyer's pharmacy in Ladyswell, Cashel, Co Tipperary, were threatened with what they believed was a firearm but was in fact a toy gun.

The man (30), who has a lengthy list of criminal convictions, had been arrested by gardai on Monday for questioning. But he escaped while being held in Clonmel station.

He turned up at the chemist's shop in Cashel shortly after 10am yesterday. Gardai were alerted and officers from the regional support unit (RSU) were called in as back-up.

A stand-off took place while gardai attempted to persuade the man to surrender. A breakthrough came at 12.20pm when the man agreed to release one of his hostages.

As he came to the front of the premises, a member of the RSU used a Taser gun to stun and subdue him.

None of the pharmacy staff were injured in the incident.

Irish Independent

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