Bank staff in shock as armed raid prompts major garda response
GARDAI are investigating an armed raid on an Ulster Bank branch in Cork that was foiled by a special security dye.
The raid, at the Ulster Bank outlet in Blackpool, prompted a major Garda response with uniformed officers and members of the armed Regional Support Unit (RSU) rushing to the scene.
A number of road blocks were put in place in the general Blackpool, Watercourse Road and Mallow Road areas.
A lone raider, who was armed with a large knife, was involved and threatened staff as he demanded money.
A quick-thinking teller handed the raider a special cash bundle.
But when the man attempted to flee with it, a special security dye exploded, covering him in a bright purple liquid.
The man, described as six foot one inch in height, fled the scene on foot in the direction of Sprig Lane.
Eye-witnesses said his clothing and hands were covered in the purple dye. No one is understood to have been injured in the incident.
Bank staff are understood to have been deeply shocked by the incident which occurred shortly after 11am.
The bank branch is located in Blackpool retail park and shopping centre.
It is an extremely busy outlet given the large number of commercial, business and retail premises now operating in the Blackpool and Commons Road areas.