TWO north Dublin criminals used a knife to threaten staff in a botched robbery at a Co Meath post office.
Two men were questioned by gardai in the aftermath of the bungled raid in the village of Clonalvy.
In the incident, a postmistress was threatened with a knife and around €4,000 was taken from the post office.
She was forced to lock herself in a shed to escape.
However, her son arrived at the scene as the criminals from Coolock and Santry were trying to make their getaway and he managed to smash in the windscreen of their vehicle.
The panicked gangsters dropped the cash and fled on foot before kicking in the door of a nearby house - where they put a knife to the throat of a woman until she handed over her car keys.
They escaped in her Mitsubishi which they crashed 20 yards down the road.
Uninjured, the raiders then tried to escape on foot through fields.
By this time, the garda helicopter had been scrambled and two men in their 20s were arrested at around 11am.
One was released without charge last night.