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Armed man threatens off-duty garda

Armed robbers threatened an off-duty garda at gunpoint after he thwarted a cash delivery heist.

The unarmed officer was at a shopping centre in Ratoath, Co Meath yesterday lunchtime when he saw two men hold up a security guard collecting money.

Gardai said the robber was believed to be holding a firearm when he took a cash box and fled at speed in a waiting grey Renault Kangoo van.

The off-duty officer pursued the men into a nearby housing estate where he boxed the van in with his own car.

Gardai said the robbers got out of the vehicle and a brief standoff took place when one of the men pointed the firearm at the garda.

It is understood the men dropped the cash box and fled into fields.

Gardai said the suspected robbers were dressed in black and some items of clothing believed to have been used in the robbery were later found in a house in Streamstown, Ratoath in a follow-up search.

No arrests have been made.

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