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Armed robbery in Strokestown

Gardai are investigating an armed raid on the Bank of Ireland branch in Strokestown on Friday afternoon.

Four men armed with a handgun and armed bars entered the premises at approximately 2.30pm.

They escaped with an undisclosed amount of cash in a car with a fifth man driving.

The raiders escaped in the direction of Elphin St and then turned right towards Kilmore in a dark Audi A6 with English registration plates and blacked out windows.

A major Garda operation immediately got underway and is ongoing

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