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Friday 19 October 2018

Worker stabbed in neck during botched cash-in-transit raid

The incident happened at the Bluebell Luas Stop in Dublin
The incident happened at the Bluebell Luas Stop in Dublin

A cash-in-transit worker is recovering in hospital after being stabbed in the neck during a botched raid in the capital.

The armed robbery was carried out shortly after 12.30pm yesterday at the Bluebell Luas Stop in south Dublin.

A cash-in-transit staff member was escorting a cash box when he was approached by two males.

At least one of these men is believed to have been armed with a screwdriver, and after threatening the worker, stabbed him in the neck.

They then grabbed the cash box, which contained money from the Luas ticket machines, before fleeing the scene.

Emergency services were alerted and the injured man was brought to St James's Hospital nearby, where he was last night being treated for non-life- threatening injuries.

Gardai, including members of the Armed Support Unit (ASU), also rushed to the scene.

Amateur

A search operation was launched for the two suspects and a short time later a cash box was recovered.

"This was clearly an amateur and opportunistic robbery involving individuals who had no hesitation in injuring an innocent worker," a source told the Herald.

"Thankfully his injuries are not life-threatening."

A garda spokesman said: "A cash-in-transit employee was assaulted during this incident and was brought to St James's Hospital."

The spokesman added that no arrests have yet been made and that investigations into the incident are ongoing involving local gardai.

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