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Family found safe and well after tiger kidnapping

A ransom was handed over.

CC AIRPORT TIGER RA90320064 Source: Colin Keegan/Collins

A FAMILY HAVE been found safe and well after a tiger kidnapping in Dublin.

The incident unfolded in the early hours of this morning when a family were taken from a house in Dublin.

A substantial sum of money was taken from a cash-in-transit vehicle, believed to be a six-figure sum.

No arrests have been made.

Tied and bound

Two females were taken from their home in Artane at around 5am this morning, and driven around for a number of hours in a white Volkswagen Caddy van.

Both were tied and bound in the back of this van in the vicinity of Chestnut Grove estate, Dunboyne, Co. Meath.

Gardaí say that at the same time a man also from the house was forced to attend work at his place of employment with a cash in transit company and hand over €200,000 in the vicinity of Corballis Road Business Park, Dublin Airport.

CC AIRPORT TIGER RA90320065 Source: Colin Keegan/Collins

The employee went to Dublin Airport and locked himself in another cash-in-transit van with two other employees. Armed gardaí later freed the men.

Eyewitnesses at Dublin Airport said a cash-in-transit van was surrounded by gardaí in a cargo area of the airport.

The family involved were not injured in the incident, gardaí say.

Gardai are appealing for the public’s assistance in respect of suspicious activity in a number of specific locations between the hours of 8pm on 2 December to 8am 3 December.

Gardaí are also appealing for information on a small white box type van which was parked in the vicinity of Corballis Road Business Park, Dublin Airport between 7am and 8.30am today.

Flights were delayed while the incident took place.

A spokesperson for DAA declined to comment while the incident was unfolding.

A media blackout was observed during the incident.

An incident room has been set up at Coolock Garda Station and anyone with information is asked to contact gardai on 01-6664200 or the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111.

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