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Tuesday 12 December 2017

Bungling thieves set takeaway on fire - one suffers severe burns

The pair, who are in their late teens and early 20s, fled before gardai arrived.
The pair, who are in their late teens and early 20s, fled before gardai arrived.

Two bungling criminals are suspected to be behind a bizarre crime spree including setting fire to a takeaway restaurant.

It is understood one of the men suffered severe burns and self-inflicted knife injuries during the incident in Kebabish in Dungarvan, Co Waterford over the weekend.

The dramatic events unfolded around 2am on Sunday after staff at the restaurant reported finding a burning handbag in the toilets.

It is believed workers identified the two men and contacted the gardai after a brief altercation with them. The pair, who are in their late teens and early 20s, fled before gardai arrived.

Burgers

However, they returned shortly after 7am in a bid to “take their revenge” following their previous row. A source has revealed that after breaking in, the pair turned on fryers and started cooking burgers.

While one of the men was cooking the other reportedly took a large knife to try and pry open a jukebox to rob cash, but he slipped and injured himself with the blade.

It’s thought that a fire then began from the unattended fryers leaving the injured man trapped inside.

A passerby called the emergency services after seeing smoke coming from the building. The man was rushed to Waterford University Hospital where he is being treated for non-life threatening injuries.

Gardai are hunting for the second suspect.

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