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Renewed appeal over shotgun hold-up at Dundalk Racecourse

A bookmaker was targeted by men wearing balaclavas as he left with his night’s takings.

Dundalk Racecourse
Dundalk Racecourse
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CRIMESTOPPERS HAVE ISSUED a renewed appeal for information on an armed robbery at Dundalk Rececourse over two years ago.

A substantial amount of cash was taken from a bookmaker as he left the stadium on the night of 28 October, 2011.

The raid took place in the car park, as he departed after the last race at 9.15pm with his night’s takings. The cash was in what’s described by gardaí as a “bookmaker’s leather holdall bag,” which was “new, in good condition and black in colour”.

Two men wearing balaclavas ordered him to drop the bag. One was armed with a sawn-off shotgun, the other with an iron bar.

Two other men appeared behind the bookmaker, pushing him towards the armed raiders.

A man in his early 60s who heard what was happening then arrived at the scene, and the men made their escape with the cash. Two of them drove off in a dark-coloured car at speed using the back exit.

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A Garda/Crimestoppers appeal will take place at Dundalk Racecourse during this evening’s scheduled meeting. Detectives and uniformed officers will be handing out leaflets and speaking to anyone who might have information.

Dundalk gardaí are investigating, and can be reached at 042-9388400. Anonymous information can also be given via Crimestoppers at 1800 25 00 25.

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