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Bungling gunmen flee raid

robbers fired five shots at a cash box in an armed raid -- but fled empty handed.

The shots were fired during a botched cash-in-transit robbery at a busy shopping centre in Navan, Co Meath, yesterday.

A security worker is recovering after being hit over the head by one of the two raiders, who were wearing black motorcycle helmets.

The incident happened at 11.15am outside the Beechmount Shopping Centre on the Trim Road.

Two security men had left their van to bring a cash box to an ATM in front of the building when the raiders jumped out of another vehicle parked nearby.

One raider then hit one of the security men on the head with a piece of timber or a baton, leaving him with minor wounds.

The other raider then pointed a handgun at the second security man's head and ordered him to open the cash box.

But when he told him he didn't have the key, up to five shots were fired at the box on the ground, while another was fired at the rear of the van.

The raiders then got on a parked black motorcycle and sped off to Navan Rugby Club, where they abandoned the bike for a waiting car.

Gardai are today hunting the pair involved in the attack.

Officers in Dublin are also investigating a separate raid at the EBS on Castle Street in Dalkey yesterday.

Two raiders, one armed with a handgun, ran into the bank between 2.15pm and 2.30pm and escaped in a small car with a small sum of cash.


Gardai said there were customers in the building society at the time but no one was injured.

Meanwhile in Granard, Co Longford, gardai are hunting for three men who escaped with an undisclosed sum after a raid on the Ulster Bank on Market Street at 5pm on Thursday.

Three men ran into the bank and demanded money. One was armed with what was believed to be a pistol and another with a knife.

A male member of staff was assaulted during the course of the robbery and taken to Mullingar General Hospital with minor injuries.