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The three raiders, one armed with a shotgun, were challenged by staff at the bookmakers

The three raiders, one armed with a shotgun, were challenged by staff at the bookmakers

The three raiders, one armed with a shotgun, were challenged by staff at the bookmakers

Two staff at a bookmakers have been hailed as heroes for fearlessly fighting off three armed raiders during an attempted robbery.

The two staff members - one of whom is in his early 60s - bravely challenged three masked men who ran into the premises in Glanmire, Co Cork, and demanded cash.

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Staff at the bookmakers tackle the raiders

Staff at the bookmakers tackle the raiders

Staff at the bookmakers tackle the raiders

All three raiders are believed to be in their late teens or 20s.

Two were wielding hammers and a third was holding what appeared to be a shotgun.

However, it is unclear whether the shotgun was a real firearm or just an imitation.

The incident unfolded at Crestfield in Glanmire, Co Cork, shortly after 6pm on Saturday.

The three raiders, each wearing balaclavas, ran into the premises demanding cash.

Panic

They attempted to intimidate staff and force them away from the area where cash was being held.

Two stunned customers looked on in shock.

However, both staff members responded to being pushed and shoved.

The elderly staff member grappled one of the raiders, who ran out of the premises in panic.

Another raider was wrestled by the younger staff member when he attempted to get behind the service counter.

The third raider - visibly panicked - held the shotgun, but then fled the premises with his startled colleagues after the bungled raid.

All three are believed to have fled in a waiting black car, which was parked outside.

It is believed the car drove off in the direction of Cork city.

The gang left the premises empty-handed.

Gardai said they are treating the incident as "very serious".

CCTV footage of the incident is now being studied and gardai have appealed to anyone who may have seen suspicious activity in the Crestfield area to contact them at Glanmire Garda Station on (021) 4821002, or the Garda Confidential Helpline on 1800 666111.


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