The community are shocked after a local salon was held up by a man with a screwdriver.

Last Tuesday at around 5pm, a man wearing a balaclava entered Ebano in Ballinteer and demanded money from the staff.

Owner Karen Burke told Dublin Gazette what happened and said the staff were “shaken”.

“I was working on the front desk and he just came in the front door. One of my colleagues was standing behind me. He had a weapon, a screwdriver and he told us to open the till.

“We just jumped back out of the way trying to stay out of his way. “There wasn’t that much cash in the till, we’re a card kind of business no one really pays in cash, but he got a couple of hundred quid.”

Karen said he then asked for their handbags but soon fled.

She said the staff are ok but shaken. “We were shaken. It’s not a nice thing. We’re just scared.

“Thank God no one was injured. We’re here 11 years and it’s such a safe area. Now we’re working with the door locked.”

The community has rallied around the staff since the incident and Karen said it’s worth pulling the shutter back up for them.

“People are so good. We’ve had more people come through the doors with flowers and chocolates and little survival kits and even cards that their kids made, they’re so brilliant.

“We’ve a lovely community around here. Lucky enough for that it’s worth pulling the shutter back up.

“It takes the sting out of it knowing that so many people care, and it encourages you to keep on going.”

Karen encouraged other businesses in the locality to “keep vigilant”.

Locals have been flocking to social media to send messages of support to the shop. Most of the messages were filled with concern hoping the staff were ok.

One wrote: “Shocking…lovely staff, so sorry they had to go through a horrific experience. Hope they’re taking time to look after themselves.”

While another wrote: “Hope everyone is ok. Thank you for letting us know – the more people are aware the better.”

Ballinteer Today warned others on their Facebook page: “Please be vigilant, Ebano Ballinteer was held up yesterday. Hope anyone in the salon at the time are ok.”

A Garda spokesperson told Dublin Gazette that no arrests have been made and that investigations are ongoing.