Gardaí investigate two attempted robberies in Clare

Gardaí investigate two attempted robberies in Clare

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Update

Thursday, 10.20am – Gardaí have confirmed that a man was arrested last evening in connection with the alleged incidents. The man was later released without charge.

A file on the matter will be forwarded to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) for consideration while an investigation into the incidents continues.

Gardaí have have asked any witnesses or persons with information to contact them.

Gardaí at Kilrush can be contacted on 065 908 0550 while anyone with information can also call the Garda confidential line on 1800 66111.

Photo: © Pat Flynn 2019

Gardaí are investigating two attempted armed robberies in Co Clare this afternoon.

The incidents happened at post offices just a few kilometres apart in Quilty and Miltown Malbay.

The first incident happened at around 12.15pm when a man entered the post office in Quilty and told staff he had a weapon. The man threatened staff and demanded money but left the premises empty-handed.

About 30 minutes later, a man entered the post office on the Ennis Road in Miltown Malbay about 6 kilometres from the scene of the first incident. The would-be raider is understood to have threatened staff and demanded money but nothing was taken. It’s thought the man left the scene on foot.

Gardaí interviewed staff at both premises and are also understood to be canvassing CCTV footage from businesses around both scenes in an effort to identify the culprit.

Investigating officers believe the incidents are linked and have appealed for anyone with information to contact them. It’s not clear whether the man actually had a firearm however Gardaí are treating the incidents seriously.

No one was injured in either incident.

Gardaí at Kilrush can be contacted on 065 908 0550 while anyone with information can also call the Garda confidential line on 1800 66111.

 

 

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Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.

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