Monday 24 July 2017

Specialist gardaí called to 'armed robbery' only to discover it was student movie

Garda armed support unit Stock picture
Garda armed support unit Stock picture
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

A group of transition year students have been left red-faced after armed gardaí descended on their movie shoot.

At least 10 gardaí - including two armed units - responded to a report of an armed robbery in Causeway Co Kerry on Wednesday night following a call from a member of the public.

However, Radio Kerry is reporting that it was a group of 4th year students from Causeway Comprehensive who were making a movie.

Permission had been secured from the shop owner and from parents for the film shoot but they forgot to tell the local station.

Inspector Liam Wallace, Listowel Garda station, said: "All the particular circumstances were such that having seen what they saw one would expect it to be a robbery or some sort of a criminal incident taking place.

"But in any event, all's well that ends well. A simple phone call to us in advance could save a lot of trouble and a lot of difficulty.

"Our concern is that while we have resources attending at that particular incident they may have been required elsewhere."

The school's vice principal Anne Marie Hassett admitted it was an unfortunate oversight.

She reportedly said that most people were aware of the incident and it had been arranged at night to cause minimal disruption.

But she said the upside was that it showed there was vigilance in the community.

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