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Tuesday 12 December 2017

Gardaí arrest two men following armed raid on post office

Leighlinbridge Post Office in Carlow. Gardaí said they had recovered
Leighlinbridge Post Office in Carlow. Gardaí said they had recovered "an amount of cash" following the raid Credit: Google Maps

David Kearns

Gardaí have arrested two men (both aged 27) following an armed raid on a post office earlier today.

Shortly before 10am, the men, who it is believed were carrying a firearm and hammer, stormed the Leighlinbridge Post Office and demanded money from the terrified staff.

Gardaí said one member of staff was assaulted during robbery and that those involved fled the scene after being handed “an amount of cash”.

Both men were wearing balaclaves and made their get away in a white coloured Honda.

The car was later found burning in a housing estate near Burrin Manor.

Gardaí reported that two men were arrested a short distance from this scene after officers from the Thomastown District were diverted from a separate operation and assisted local Gardaí in setting up a cordon around the area.

The men are being detained at Carlow and Thomastown Garda Stations under Section 30 of the Offences Against the State Act, 1939-’98 as amended.

An amount of cash has since been recovered.

Anyone who witnessed the robbery or who has information about the raid is asked to contact them at Carlow Garda Station on 059 9136620, The Garda Confidential Line, 1800 666111 or any Garda Station.

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