TWO gardai were viciously attacked when they discovered three men trying to break into a shop.
The incident happened at a Mace in Kilconny, Belturbet, Co Cavan, at 2.30am on Thursday.
The gardai noticed three men trying to break in.
When the men, who were wearing black hooded jumpers, saw the officers approaching in a squad car, one of them threw a lump hammer at the vehicle.
A second man then threw an axe at the driver's window, smashing the glass.
Neither of the officers was injured in the attack and the men fled before they could take anything.
Two number plates were stolen from cars close to the shop.
Gardai in Ballyconnell have launched an investigation into the incident.
Anyone with any information has been asked to contact Ballyconnell garda station on 049 952 5580.