Wednesday 13 December 2017

Robbery link probe after bank heist

GARDAI are questioning a man arrested in a taxi after a bank raid similar to a post office hold-up in which the gunman also escaped in a cab.

A lone raider, armed with a handgun, targeted a bank on Main Street, Blackrock, Co Dublin, about 3.50pm and threatened staff and customers. He disappeared with a cash haul of about €4,500. But gardai later stopped a taxi on the Merrion Road and arrested a 51-year-old man.

Gardai are now likely to see if the heist is connected to a robbery on a post office on Merrion Row, Dublin on September 25. The heavily built raider spoke with an English accent, wore glasses and a dark jacket.

Sick fisherman lifted off trawler

A 45-year-old man was airlifted from a fishing vessel off the west coast after he suffered a suspected heart attack. French registered trawler 'Rossoren' was operating about 50km west of Clifden in Galway when the skipper raised the alarm at around 5.30pm yesterday.

The seriously ill man was winched from the deck of the vessel and treated by a paramedic before being taken to University Hospital Galway.

Safety campaign goes for record

A road safety campaign will attempt to stake a claim in the record books by having the most people wear hi-vis jackets at the same time.

The 'Hi-Five 4 Hi-Vis' campaign is attempting to attract 5,000 people to Oranmore in Co Galway to set the Guinness World Record, while reminding road users to keep safe at the same time.

In order to meet the record criteria participants must wear vests for a 10-minute period on Saturday, October 27.

Irish Independent

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