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Man charged in relation to aggravated burglary and robbery at school in Longford

The man is due to appear before a special sitting of Longford District Court this evening.

LAST UPDATE | Aug 28th 2020, 7:25 PM

GARDAÍ IN LONGFORD have charged a man following a suspected aggravated burglary and robbery at a school yesterday evening. 

The man is due to appear before a special sitting of Longford District Court this evening at 7.30pm.

Shortly after 7pm yesterday, a masked man entered a primary school where a board meeting was taking place.

He allegedly threatened those present with a sharp implement, understood to be a screwdriver, and fled the scene on foot with a sum of cash.

In a follow-up operation, gardaí arrested a 38-year-old man in Longford town a short time later, and recovered a sum of cash.

He was detained at Longford Garda Station under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, 1984.

An examination of the scene has been carried out by gardaí, who have appealed for witnesses to this incident.

They’re particularly keen on speaking to the driver of a van that may have been flagged down in the Chapel Street area by the suspect as he fled the scene.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Longford Garda Station on 043 335 0570 or the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111.