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Gardaí want to know if you saw these two vans involved in the tiger kidnapping

There have been calls for cash-in-transit van employees to sit mandatory training in how to deal with situations like a tiger kidnapping.

Updated 9.17pm

Source: olin Keegan

GARDAÍ HAVE RENEWED their appeal for information about a tiger kidnapping in Dublin yesterday.

A gang made away with more than €200,000 after forcing a cash-in-transit van employee to hand over the cash near Dublin Airport.

His wife and daughter were taken from their home in the Artane area of Dublin and left tied up in the back of a car while the handover took place close to Dublin Airport, prompting a security alert and delaying some flights.

The family were left uninjured but traumatised by the experience. No arrests have yet been made.

Vehicles

Two photographs of vehicles have been released this evening as gardaí in Coolock continue to appeal for the public’s help.

They would like to hear from any person who may have noticed a silver Volkswagon Caddy van with an 09 D registration number at Gracefield Road, Artane and Chesnut Grove, Dunboyne or any activity between those locations.

Source: Garda Press Office

The van was stolen at Glasnevin Avenue, Dublin on the night of the 29/30 October 2015.  It was fitted with false number plates matching a similar authentic VW Caddy van.  Gardaí are also anxious to hear from any person who may have knowledge of this vehicle since the date it was stolen.

They also want to hear from anyone with information about a white box-type Ford Transit van which was parked in the vicinity of Corballis Road Business Park at Dublin Airport between 7am and 8.30am yesterday.

Source: Garda Press Office

The vehicle bore a partial registration number 12 D.

‘Vulnerable’

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald is now facing calls to implement mandatory training for cash-in-transit van employees to ensure they know how to handle a tiger kidnapping.

Speaking to Newstalk Breakfast, Siptu organiser Brendan Carr said two of the main companies – G4S and Brinks – already do this, but it is not the norm in other companies.

He noted how vulnerable employees in this industry and their families are to tiger kidnapping, believing more needs to be done to ensure their safety.

First published 8.25am

- With reporting by Michelle Hennessy.

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