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Dublin taxi driver hijacked at gunpoint by bank raiders fleeing heist

A TAXI driver looked down the barrels of a shotgun as two raiders fleeing a bank heist hijacked his cab.

The cabbie was forced out of his car as the raiders sped off in a bid to stay ahead of an intensive garda search.

It followed an armed raid at the Bank of Ireland in College Green, Dublin. The raiders, armed with a handgun and shotgun, raided the bank at about 11.40am yesterday.

Shocked staff at the foreign exchange counter were threatened by the gunmen and ordered to hand over cash. The raiders grabbed the money and quickly left the bank.

Dumped

They ran out a side entrance and dashed on to College Green desperately trying to disappear among the crowds. The raiders then went down Fleet Street, cut into Princess Street and out on to Aston Quay.

A taxi driving in the area spotted them hailing his cab and unwittingly pulled over.

When the bank robbers got into the taxi, one of them pulled out a shotgun and forced the driver out on to the road. They then sped off in the taxi to St Michael's estate in Inchicore and dumped the taxi. No one was injured in either incident.

Gardai later put out descriptions of the raiders. One was said to be in his late 20s or early 30s and about 5ft10in tall. He is of average build and was wearing a dark blue jacket with a hood and had a dark scarf pulled over his face. He spoke with a Dublin accent. The other raider was in his mid 40s, 5ft7in tall and of thin build. He was wearing a dark jacket, dark hat and scarf. He also spoke with a Dublin accent.

Anyone with information should contact the incident room at Pearse Street station on 01-666 900 or the Garda Confidential Line on 1-800-666-111.

Irish Independent