£20,000 taken in mail van robbery
AT 8.05 A.M. on Friday the mail van carrying £20,000 in pension money was held up at gun point and robbed on a back road between Kilcoole and Delgany.
The driver Ger Roche who has been with the Post Office for 10 years had made his delivery to Delgany Post Office and took the road to Kilcoole which joins the main road at the Bush.
He noticed a red van driving very slowly ahead of him. It stopped and suddenly there were three masked men with guns and they wanted the money.
The men had placed a diversion sign on the Kilcoole road but two lads on a motor bike ignored it and rode through. They were also held up. The raisers set fire to the van and made off. The motor cyclists returned to Kilcoole and raised the alarm.
Mr Roche was still very shaken from his frightening experience this week. So far there has been no trace of the missing money. The pensioners of Kilcoole and Newtownmountkennedy did not go with their pay out. More money was brought from Bray to pay them.