Gardai searching for armed raider who threatened staff

The raid occurred at the Ulster Bank outlet in Blackpool
The raid occurred at the Ulster Bank outlet in Blackpool

Gardai are investigating an armed raid at a bank in Cork which occurred this morning.

The raid, which happened at the Ulster Bank outlet in Blackpool, prompted a major Garda response with uniformed officers and members of the armed Regional Support Unit rushing to the scene.

Gardai are searching for a lone male who entered the bank armed with a weapon believed to be a knife and held up staff.

The man entered the Ulster Bank branch and reportedly threatened staff with the weapon before fleeing with around €1,000 in cash. 

He was described as a tallish man approximately 6ft in height who was wearing a grey tracksuit pants and dark top and baseball cap. Witnesses said he fled on the Old Mallow Road side of the complex. 

A number of road blocks were put in place in the general Blackpool, Watercourse Road and Mallow Road areas as Gardai tried to block the man's escape route. 

Bank staff are understood to have been deeply shocked by the incident which occurred shortly before 11am.

Gardai have interviewed employees of the bank and have appealed for anybody who may have information on the raid to come forward. 

Anybody who saw anything suspicious in the vicinity of the bank is asked to contact Gardai at Mayfield on 021-4558510 or the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111. 

They are investigating the theory the suspect may have had an accomplice on nearby Spring Lane  and have asked anybody who may have seen a suspicious vehicle in the area to come forward.