Purple security dye foils lone armed bank raider
A special exploding security dye helped foil an armed raid on a Cork bank.
The raid, at the Ulster Bank outlet in Blackpool, prompted a major garda response with uniformed officers and members of the armed Regional Support Unit (RSU) rushing to the scene.
A number of road blocks were put in place in the Blackpool, Watercourse Road and Mallow Road areas.
A lone raider, who was masked and armed with a large knife, ran into the branch shortly after 11am yesterday.
He threatened staff and demanded money.
A quick-thinking teller handed the raider a special cash bundle. But when the man tried to flee with it, a special security dye immediately exploded.
The man was covered from head to foot in a bright purple-staining liquid.
The raider, described as six-foot-one in height, fled the scene on foot.
He was last seen running in the direction of Sprig Lane. Eye- witnesses said both his clothing and hands were covered in the purple dye.
It is understood that no one was injured in the incident.
However, bank staff were deeply shocked by the robbery which occurred yesterday morning as workers were preparing for the busy lunchtime trade period.
The bank branch is located in Blackpool retail park and shopping centre, one of the most popular suburban retail centres in Cork.
It is an extremely busy outlet given the large number of commercial, business and retail premises now operating in the Blackpool and Commons Road areas.
Gardai have appealed for anyone who saw a man covered in distinctive purple dye or who spot dumped clothing with purple stains to contact them.
Detectives believe the man has a local knowledge.
Gardai are now studying CCTV security camera footage.