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Two held over raid on jewellery store

TWO men were arrested yesterday after burning through the security screen of a jewellery shop in broad daylight during a botched raid.

Terrified staff were tied up during the attempted armed robbery in a Dublin city centre shop.

An alarm was activated during the foiled raid in The Bullion Room on Bolton Street, Dublin, with gardai moving in to arrest two suspects at the scene.

Two men had entered the premises at around 9.30am and tied up the workers, a man and a woman, in a back office.

Both staff members escaped uninjured and nothing was taken in the robbery.

The raiders were foiled after a security alarm was activated during the course of the early morning heist.

Two men, one brandishing a gun, entered the store and confronted the staff.

However, an alarm was triggered and gardai arrived on the scene within minutes.

The fire brigade attended the scene and cut a hole in the metal shutter of the shop to allow gardai to access the building.

A suspected firearm was recovered and sent for ballistics examination.

The metal is refined by the company, which sells investment products such as gold bullion bars, according to its website.

"The Bullion Room are dealers in precious metals headquartered in Birmingham's famous Jewellery Quarter in the United Kingdom with branches in Manchester and Dublin," the website says.

"We specialise in buying and refining scrap metal from trade sources and selling investment products."

The men, both in their early 30s, were still being questioned today at the Bridewell Garda Station under Section 30 of the Offences Against the State Act, 1939.