Monday 11 December 2017

Masked men threaten staff with knife and cable ties during raid on popular bar

Bar 51 is a favourite with fans. Photo: Damien Eagers
Bar 51 is a favourite with fans. Photo: Damien Eagers

Ken Foy and Conor Feehan

Two armed raiders vaulted a 7ft-high security screen before stealing €2,500 from a popular pub in Dublin's Ballsbridge.

The incident happened at Bar 51 pub on Haddington Road at approximately 1am on Wednesday.

It is understood cable ties and a knife were used by the attackers who also threatened staff and customers.

The terrifying ordeal lasted several minutes.

Gardaí have secured CCTV footage that captured the raid.

The matter is being investigated by Donnybrook gardaí.

"It was around 1am and there were a couple of customers just finishing up," manager PJ Kelly told the Irish Independent. "The security door out at the street was locked but these two somehow got over it and then ran into the pub through the front door.

"They had hoods and scarves covering their faces and were armed with what looked like a gun and a knife.

"They threatened the staff and demanded the barman open the safe, and then they took what was in it."

Nobody was hurt in the raid.

Bar 51 was raided once before around two years ago when more than €1,000 was stolen.

The raid comes three weeks after Smyth's bar on Haddington Road was targeted in a similar raid.

Irish Independent

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