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Cash in Transit robbery on Cork St.

Cash in Transit robbery on Cork St.

Cash in Transit robbery on Cork St.

A MANHUNT is underway for thugs that made a botched but violent attempt to rob a cash-in-transit van in Dublin.

The four-man gang attempted to hold up G4S workers with a gun while their van was stopped on Cork Street, savagely assaulting one of them with several blows to the head.

The vicious incident played out at 7.40am, as local children were making their way to a nearby school.

However, the raid didn't go as planned and the gang tried to flee, leaving behind a handgun and several bags of cash on the street outside Morrissey's pub.

While one of the thugs - a 45-year-old man - was arrested nearby, the three other men managed to escape with some of the cash, with gardai currently hunting their whereabouts.

A van was found on fire a short distance away in the Dolphins Barn area, leading gardai to believe that the gang left one of their members behind after panicking.

The man who was arrested was last night being questioned in Kevin Street Garda Station.

It is believed he is from the south inner-city, has a drug addiction and also has previous convictions for a separate botched armed heist at a Dublin bank.

Meanwhile, in a separate incident gardai arrested a 43-year-old man after a raid on a post office in Baldoyle.

A gang entered and began threatening staff, with at least one of the men wielding with a firearm.

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Gardai were alerted to the incident as it was ongoing and the gang fled the scene empty-handed, speeding off in a waiting car.

The 43-year-old was arrested a short time later in Portmarnock.

He is being detained at Coolock Garda Station under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act 1984, and can be held for a period of up to 24 hours.

rschiller@herald.ie


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