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Gun raider's getaway is foiled by off-duty garda

AN eagle-eyed off-duty garda helped capture a handgun-wielding robber following a dramatic rush-hour arrest in Dublin city centre.

The armed raider was detained after he was spotted by the officer running from a betting shop on Westmoreland Street, where he had robbed €2,000 at gunpoint.

Minutes earlier, at 6.20pm, yesterday the masked raider walked into the Boylesports bookmakers wielding a handgun.

The man threatened staff and demanded money immediately before making his way out with the cash.

An off-duty garda saw him jumping into a taxi and he alerted a passing patrol car with a description of the taxi and the direction it had taken.

A man in his 20s was later arrested in Foster Place in the city centre. It is understood that he was arrested by gardai as soon as he exited the taxi.

Officers surrounded the man and managed to disarm him -- in front of dozens of commuters.

Gardai recovered the handgun and the haul from the robbery. No one was injured.

The office is not believed to have been busy at the time of the attack as the day's horseracing had concluded and staff had been preparing to close.

There is a bus stop directly outside the door of the bookmakers and gardai are hopeful that there are a lot of potential witnesses to the incident.

The man is being held in Pearse Street Garda Station. and can be held for up to 24 hours without charge

Gardai said investigations into the incident are ongoing.