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Sunday 17 December 2017

Shots fired as three women are held in Tiger kidnapping

THREE women were held hostage during a terrifying Tiger kidnapping involving a Dublin post office in the early hours this morning.

At least three armed and masked men entered a home in Seabury, Malahide at approximately 1am and kept the three women hostage. It's understood this was the home of the Postmistress of Bayside Post Office.

The gang threatened the woman, her daughter and Italian student who was in the house at the time.

timelock

The Postmistress, named locally as Susan Lawlor, was then taken to the post office by the criminal gang this morning and made hand over a significant amount of cash - believed to be €90,000 - which was kept in a safe with a time lock.

The women, still in their pyjamas, were released and are said to be unharmed.

After the authorities were alerted, a Garda Emergency Response Unit was dispatched to the north side of the city at around 8am this morning.

The criminal gang were spotted by gardai when they were leaving Bayside and they pursued them.

It is understood the gang crashed the car near Malahide Park. They then ran into the grounds of Malahide Castle and surrounding areas in a bid to flee gardai.

The Herald understands that warning shots were fired in the area by gardai.

A major search operation was then launched and gardai arrested one man. The man, a known criminal from Swords, now living in the city centre, is being held in custody in Coolock Garda Station.

Two other men remain at large - a man in his 40s and another man in his 50s - but gardai are following a definite line of enquiry.

CASH

One bag of cash has been recovered. The Bayside Post Office is now sealed off for technical examination. Two cars, parked in the car park including an 09 registered black Nissan Qashqai are also being examined.

Another crime scene has been sealed off in Clarehall.

Gardai are investigating the crime and are maintaining a news blackout during this period. A spokeswoman for An Post said she had "no comment" about this morning's events.

Nine flights from nearby Dublin airport had to be diverted after the Garda helicopter was deployed.

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