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Faces behind thin blue line

IT'S like a scene straight out of TV's The Wire.

A detective armed with a .38 Smith & Wesson revolver shouts to a colleague as he forces a suspect against a wall and cuffs him.

But this was Dublin and not Baltimore. It is one of the stunning images captured by award winning photojournalist Mark Condren in a new book.

It went on sale today for €25 to raise funds for Temple Street Children's Hospital.

The Guards -- Behind The Scenes With The Men And Woman of An Garda Siochana depicts every aspect of their jobs "from the mayhem to the mundane".

Mr Condren's book will be officially launched by Taoiseach Enda Kenny on November 24.