Have-a-go hero foils armed raiders

De­cem­ber 2002

Bray People - - NEWS -

A brave have-a-go hero foiled an armed rob­bery in a packed Bless­ing­ton pub on Mon­day night.

Three gun­men in bal­a­clavas stormed into O’Con­nor’s Lounge and at­tempted to snatch the pro­ceeds of the lo­cal GAA lotto.

How­ever, a lo­cal hero, who was drink­ing at the bar, coolly walked up be­hind the raiders and struck one of them on the back of the head, forc­ing him to drop his gun.

All three raiders pan­icked and fled the scene hav­ing grabbed just an empty brief­case.

Ar­range­ments for fundrais­ing draws are set to be re­viewed by lo­cal clubs fol­low­ing the raid.

The in­ci­dent took place while Bless­ing­ton GAA mem­bers were count­ing lotto pro­ceeds in O’Con­nor’s Lounge at around 11 p.m..

The three armed men were wield­ing sawn-off shot­guns and a hand­gun as they shouted for the cash – which amounted to around £1,500.

The three men in­volved in the at­tempted rob­bery left the area in a stolen car with blacked out num­ber plates which was re­cov­ered in Tal­laght later in the week.

The brief­case – which was ac­tu­ally empty when it was snatched – was dumped near the pub.

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