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Monday 22 September 2014

Two men arrested after attempted raid on bank

Published 24/04/2014 | 15:26

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The Permanent TSB in Gorey. Photo: Google Street view

GARDAI have arrested two men following an attempted bank raid this afternoon.

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Just before 1pm this afternoon two masked men entered the Permanent TSB branch on Main Street  in Gorey Co Wexford. 

One of the men was believed to be carrying a handgun. 

They threatened staff and demanded cash, however following activation of the panic alarm the men left empty handed and got into a black Fiat Punto driven by a third raider.

The car was spotted and pursued by Gardai from Gorey Garda Station. 

At an area known as Kilmurray Cross the raiders hijacked a second car, a Toyota Corolla, and went in the direction of Ballywilliam. 

A short distance later the raiders attempted to hijack a third car and they were confronted by Gardaí who deployed incapacitant spray and arrested one man at the scene. 

A second was arrested and a firearm was recovered in fields nearby a short time later. 

One Garda member received minor injuries during the incident.

 The men, who are in their 20s, are currently detained at Enniscorthy and Gorey Garda Stations and a search is ongoing in the area with the assistance of the Garda Air Support Unit.

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