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Two armed robberies at post offices in Louth and Kilkenny

Gardaí confronted armed men in Louth and arrested a man after a struggle.

Image: Post Office via Google Maps

Updated 11pm

TWO ARMED ROBBERIES took place this morning, one in Louth and one in Kilkenny.

Three men, one armed with a sawn-off shotgun, threatened staff and demanded money at the post office in Clogherhead, Co Louth.

The incident took place at around 11.45 this morning.

A 25-year-old man was arrested by gardaí attached to the Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau at the scene, and the stolen cash and a sawn-off shotgun were recovered.

Two other men aged 24 and 36 were also subsequently arrested with the assistance of local gardaí and the Regional Support Unit.

They are detained at Dundalk and Drogheda garda stations.

Gardaí are seeking witnesses to the incident, particularly anyone who was in the supermarket/post office between 11am and 12 midday.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the incident room at Drogheda Garda Station on 041 987 4200.

Kilkenny

Meanwhile, four men were arrested after the robbery of a post office on Main Street, Urlingford, in Kilkenny which occurred shortly after midday today. Masked men threatened staff and left with a substantial amount of cash.

A female member of staff sustained minor injuries.

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Gardaí stopped a car shortly after the incident and arrested three men in their mid 20s.

Follow-up searches resulted in the discovery of a burned out car and a fourth man in his 40s was arrested in Kilkenny city at 4pm.

RTÉ reports that €16,000 was also recovered.

- Additional reporting by Michelle Hennessy.

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