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Trio charged with hammer-and-knife shop attack that led to Garda car being rammed

The three were apprehended after a high-speed motorway chase that saw a Garda vehicle rammed.

cappincur Cappincur, Co Offaly Source: Google Maps

TWO MEN AND a woman have been charged with a knife-and-hammer robbery at a shop in Co Offaly.

The three, all aged in their 20s, are due before a sitting of Portlaoise District Court this morning at 10.30am.

The incident took place on Tuesday, 4 April, at about 9.25pm when two men entered the shop at Cappincur, outside Tullamore, armed with the knife and hammer. No one was injured in that incident.

They subsequently fled the scene in the direction of Dublin with a sum of money in a car with a third person. The trio were later arrested near Clonard, on the Meath-Westmeath border, after ramming a Garda vehicle. It’s understood that in the course of the pursuit the getaway car was at one point driven the wrong way down the M4 motorway.

Gardaí recovered all the stolen property and the weapons used.

The three arrested remain in Garda custody.

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