Two men arrested following attempted armed robbery in Dublin

Intruders at Baldoyle post office unit armed with handgun, pickaxe and hammer, say gardaí

Gardaí are appealing for witnesses to come forward. Photograph: Frank Miller

Two men in their 30s have been arrested following an attempted armed robbery of a post office in north county Dublin on Friday evening.

Gardaí­responded to reports of an armed robbery in progress at a convenience store in Baldoyle shortly after 5pm. The alarm was raised when intruders armed with a handgun, pickaxe and hammer entered the store and attempted to force entry into a post office unit at the rear of the premises.

Members of the Garda Armed Support Unit (ASU) along with local Garda units from Raheny and Clontarf responded to the incident.

Garda ASU members entered the premises and disarmed and arrested two men aged in their 30s. Gardaí said no shots were fired.

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Both men are currently detained under Section 30 of the Offences against the State Act, 1939 at Clontarf and Raheny Garda stations and can be held for up to three days.

The scene has been examined by local scenes of crime officers and the firearm has been removed for ballistic examination.

Gardaí­ are appealing for witnesses to come forward. Anyone with information is asked to contact Howth Garda station on 01 666 49000 or the Garda Confidential line on 1800 666 111.

Sarah Burns

Sarah Burns

Sarah Burns is a reporter for The Irish Times