Sunday 18 March 2018

Armed gang stole €9k in raid on family-favourite waterpark

Funtasia in Drogheda
Funtasia in Drogheda

Ken Foy

Thieves made off with €9,000 during the armed robbery of a popular children’s waterpark.

The Herald can also reveal that a member of staff was forced onto the ground by a man holding a suspected firearm.

Four raiders entered the Funtasia Waterpark in Drogheda at around 6pm on Sunday evening. They gained access to the cashiers’ kiosk and took the safe as well as cash from a member of staff.

The waterpark was busy, with many children and parents there at the time.

CCTV footage is currently being examined and forensic tests were carried out.

Gardai have interviewed several witnesses but have been unable to get a ­description of the getaway car used in the raid. No arrests have  yet been made.

The thieves are ­understood to have got in and out of ­Funtasia, which is on the ­Donore Road, within a matter of minutes.

The armed robbery happened in the casino section of the leisure complex. The Funtasia Waterpark also hosts a bowling alley, crazy golf, rock climbing, video games and simulators.

It is open for business this week, with large numbers of children arriving in organised groups and with their families.

No one at the waterpark responded to queries from the Herald. 

Local councillor Frank Godrey said armed crimes were becoming “far too frequent” in the area.

“It’s terrifying for the ­people that go there to enjoy the ­facilities,” he said.

“It’s a family place and a lot of the families from this area go there for the day and they really enjoy it.

“There’s a lot of places now being targeted and it seems that there’s nobody safe wherever they go,” he said.

“It has to be terrifying for those people that were working there too. You hope that the people who did this will be brought to justice as soon as possible.”

It is not known if the gang involved in the crime are from the Drogheda locality.

Gardai in Drogheda are also probing an attempted armed raid at an amusement arcade in the centre of the town earlier this month.

Two men wearing balaclavas and carrying a knife and what is believed to be a handgun entered the Nevada Jacks arcade at around 10.40pm on August 10.

The two men threatened staff and broke down the perspex glass into an office but failed to get any money.

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