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Cash van raid scene

Cash van raid scene

cash pile at raid scene

cash pile at raid scene

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Cash van raid scene

A manhunt was underway across the city today for a gang of armed raiders who tried to hold up a cash in transit van.

The four-man gang struck on Cork Street in the south inner city this morning where a G4S security van was delivering cash.

However, they left behind a handgun and bags of cash during the botched raid which saw one criminal arrested at the scene.

The drama unfolded at 7.40am as a crew from G4S security were working from a truck they had parked opposite the Lidl store which they were delivering the cash to.

The gang struck and threatened the cash-in-transit workers with a gun, and assaulted one of them.

He was punched several times to the head.

As the raid began to fall apart, the raiders left a green skip-bag which had rolls of coins, as well as the handgun, on the footpath outside Morrissey's pub.

A 45-year-old man was arrested at the scene but the remainder of the group managed to escape.

The arrested criminal - a drug addict from the south inner city - has previous convictions for his role in another botched armed robbery at a Dublin bank.

A van was found on fire a short distance away in Dolphins Barn leading gardai to believe that the gang panicked and left one of their members behind as they tried to escape.

The cash-in-transit staff member who was targeted received minor injuries and was treated at scene.

Members of the garda technical bureau sealed-off the crime scene as school children and pedestrians walked by.

The gun, as well as the skip bag containing bags and rolls of coins, were photographed and measured before being removed.

One local shop worker beside the scene said she was shocked at what happened.

"I pulled up here this morning and the security van pulled in behind me, but I didn't see or hear anything until somebody came into the shop and asked me was I okay," she told the Herald.

"I didn't know what they were talking about until I saw the garda cars outside, so it must have all happened very quickly," she added.

The criminal who was arrested was being questioned at Kevin Street Garda Station.

Gardai are appealing for witnesses, in particular at the scene of the robbery on Cork Street, or anyone who may have seen suspicious activity prior to the robbery.

They are asked to contact them in Kevin Street on 01 6669400, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda station.

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