Gardai investigate armed robbery in Ratoath

Gardaí are appealing for witnesses to a robbery which occurred last night (Saturday) in Ratoath.

At around 8.20pm a lone male entered the ‘Bruce Betting’ Bookmakers premises in the village. He was wearing a white boiler suit and brandishing what is believed to have been a sawn off shotgun. He is described as approximately six feet in height and he spoke with a Dublin accent. He threatened a member of staff and made off with a quantity of cash. He is believed to have left the scene in a small red car which drove off at speed in the direction of Ratoath village.

A short time later, Gardaí received a report of car on fire in a field in Dunboyne. This vehicle was a red Nissan Micra, with a 99 KE registration and is believed to have been the vehicle used by the culprit. The field where the car was located is opposite the Old Fairgreen, Dunboyne.

Anybody who was in the Ratoath/Dunboyne area last evening and who saw this vehicle being driven or who may have seen any suspicious activity in these areas is asked to contact Ashbourne Garda Station on 01-8010600 or the Garda Confidential Line 1800-666 111.