Two armed raiders at­tack pa­trol car

GAR­DAI WERE RE­SPOND­ING TO ASH­FORD BREAK-IN

Wicklow People (Arklow) - - NEWS - By MYLES BUCHANAN

A GANG of armed raiders at­tacked a Garda squad car with bolt-cut­ters and a crow­bar af­ter they were caught break­ing into a su­per­mar­ket last week.

The five sus­pects then fled in a wait­ing car while be­ing pur­sued by the dam­aged squad car.

The in­ci­dent hap­pened at 1.25 a.m. on Fri­day morn­ing as gardaí from Wick­low were re­spond­ing to re­ports of a breakin at the Cen­tra con­ve­nience store at Ash­ford.

Af­ter pulling into the car park, the gardaí were con­fronted by two mem­bers of the gang hold­ing bolt-cut­ters and a crow­bar, who pro­ceeded to re­peat­edly and vi­o­lently strike the bon­net and win­dows of the ve­hi­cle.

The wind­screen and a rear side win­dow were both smashed, as was the car bumper, while a sec­tion of the bon­net was also badly dam­aged.

The raiders then drove off at high-speed to­ward the mo­tor­way, with the dam­aged Garda car in pur­suit.

The sus­pects headed north but took an exit at Cul­len­more and con­tin­ued driv­ing, this time south­wards.

The pur­su­ing gar­dai even­tu­ally lost sight of the car near Lil Doyle’s and were un­able to fol­low the ve­hi­cle any fur­ther.

The five males in­volved in the at­tempted rob­bery all wore hood­ies and scarves to pro­tect their iden­tity. They man­aged to gain ac­cess to the shop by forc­ing the shut­ters open and cut­ting locks on the doors. CCTV and alarm wires were also cut.

How­ever, the rapid re­sponse of the gardaí, meant the cul­prits had only just gained ac­cess into the su­per­mar­ket be­fore the squad car ar­rived.

The men were driv­ing a dark coloured Audi with 09 Clare reg­is­tra­tion plates.

‘Th­ese men were armed and showed no re­gard for the well-be­ing of th­ese two gardaí at all,’ said a garda spokesper­son. ‘It is just very for­tu­nate that nei­ther of the gardaí were se­ri­ously hurt.’

Any­one who may be able to as­sist the Gar­dai with their in­ves­ti­ga­tions should con­tact Wick­low Garda Sta­tion at (0404) 67107.

The dam­aged bumper and wind­screen of the Garda car.

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