Suspect held after €9k cash van robbery
GARDAI have arrested a suspect after a hold-up of a cash-in- transit van on the northside of Dublin.
Two men, armed with what is believed to be a handgun, held up security staff as they stopped at a petrol station at Grange Road, Baldoyle, at lunchtime.
They grabbed a cash box, containing an unknown sum of money, and made their escape.
Garda patrols saturated the area, and shortly afterwards a 23-year-old suspect was arrested at nearby Moyne Road.
Gardai recovered €9,000 but a search was continuing yesterday evening for the gun and box.
The suspect, who is from Finglas, is being questioned at Raheny garda station under section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act.
The raid came as it emerged that charges for the garda escort service fell by about 30pc between 2009 and 2011.
This was because there were fewer requests for garda protection during the recession.
Some €4.28m was charged to the Irish Banking Federation (IBF) for the escort service in 2009, but that dropped to €2.99m in 2011, according to figures supplied to the PAC by the gardai.
"The fees have reduced significantly in recent years due to a substantial reduction in the number of requests for cash escorts services due to the economic downturn," wrote Chief Superintendent Orla McPartlin.