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Sunday 19 November 2017

Two men arrested after attempted raid on bank

The Permanent TSB in Gorey. Photo: Google Street view
The Permanent TSB in Gorey. Photo: Google Street view

GARDAI have arrested two men following an attempted bank raid this afternoon.

Just before 1pm this afternoon two masked men entered the Permanent TSB branch on Main Street  in Gorey Co Wexford. 

One of the men was believed to be carrying a handgun. 

They threatened staff and demanded cash, however following activation of the panic alarm the men left empty handed and got into a black Fiat Punto driven by a third raider.

The car was spotted and pursued by Gardai from Gorey Garda Station. 

At an area known as Kilmurray Cross the raiders hijacked a second car, a Toyota Corolla, and went in the direction of Ballywilliam. 

A short distance later the raiders attempted to hijack a third car and they were confronted by Gardaí who deployed incapacitant spray and arrested one man at the scene. 

A second was arrested and a firearm was recovered in fields nearby a short time later. 

One Garda member received minor injuries during the incident.

 The men, who are in their 20s, are currently detained at Enniscorthy and Gorey Garda Stations and a search is ongoing in the area with the assistance of the Garda Air Support Unit.

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