Off-duty Garda foils robbery

Off-duty Garda foils robbery

An off-duty police officer in the Republic of Ireland has foiled a cash-in-transit robbery after chasing the suspects in his own car.

He saw the robbery taking place at a shopping centre in Rathoath, Co Meath, on Monday afternoon and set off after the men, cornering them in a nearby housing estate.A standoff ensued as the men got out of their van and pointed a gun at the Garda, but they ran away after a short time, leaving the weapon and a cash box and fleeing into the fields.A spokesperson for An Garda Síochána said: "A search of the area was mounted but so far the men have not been arrested."During a follow-up search of a house at Streamstown, Ratoath, items of black clothing, which Gardaí believe were associated with the robbery, were recovered."Anyone with more information has been asked to contact police.

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