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Dublin mum and daughters subjected to terrifying ordeal by gang

Gardaí are investigating the incident
Gardaí are investigating the incident

A 46-year-old woman was subjected to a terrifying ordeal when a gang burst into her south Dublin home.

Gardaí are investigating the incident which happened on Monday evening in the Shrewsbury Lawn estate in Cabinteely.

The woman was at home with her two daughters, aged 16 and 21, when the three-man gang struck at around 5.15pm.

The raiders all wore dark coloured balaclavas and dark clothing. The gang burst through the door of the property and one of the men grabbed the woman as his two accomplices ran upstairs.

Bank cards and a small amount of cash were stolen in the incident, while extensive damage was caused to the door of the property.

After just a few seconds in the house, the criminals fled the scene in a grey Audi A3.

The gang then set the car on fire just 200 metres from the property and escaped the area in another vehicle. Gardaí from Cabinteely garda station are investigating the shocking incident, but there have been no arrests so far.

Detectives are treating it as an aggravated burglary. A woman at the house declined to speak about the family's ordeal yesterday.

A local resident told the Irish Independent: "It's shocking what happened. They drove their getaway only a short distance before burning it."

South Dublin is the home of some of the country's most prolific burglary gangs, but it is not known if Monday's incident is linked to these gangs.

Two men and a teenager linked to one of the most notorious south Dublin burglary gangs were released without charge on Wednesday after being questioned for two days about an aggravated burglary in Co Tipperary.

Raiders broke into the home of Jimmy Campion in Roscrea late on May 7 and beat him with his own walking stick. Gardaí raided a property in Sallynoggin on Monday afternoon where they arrested a 28-year-old man.

A further raid was carried out on Tuesday at a halting site in Dún Laoghaire where a 17-year-old boy and a 34-year-old man were arrested.

They were all questioned at north Tipperary garda stations before being released.

A file is now being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.