Raid terror staff: ‘We are too scared to work’

by Sylvia Pownall

TERRIFIED staff at the More4Less shop in Bawnogue are too frightened to go back to work after it was targeted twice in four days by armed raiders.
The manager was beaten about the head with a gun in the latest raid, carried out in broad daylight by two masked men on Monday afternoon.
He was treated for his injuries, which were not said to be serious. Now, employees at the Clondalkin shop – who have been held up at gunpoint five times since the beginning of April – have had enough.
A source at another outlet in Bawnogue Shopping Centre said: “This time, it was really bad. They hit the manager in the head with the gun. I think he’s all right though.
“But the girls are terrified. None of them will come back. They are all traumatised and I don’t blame them. No job is worth that.
“I don’t know why they keep robbing the same shop.”
The raiders made off with a sum of cash in the direction of Lealand estate. Gardai later entered a house and arrested three men in their 20s. They were detained under the Offences Against the State Act and can be held for up to 72 hours.
A garda spokesman said: “Local gardai, assisted by the Burglary Response Unit and members from the Special Detective Unit entered a house where they arrested three males in their 20s.
“They recovered a sum of cash. During a follow-up search a firearm was recovered.”
The shop was closed for most of Tuesday and just opened for a few hours in the afternoon. It was open for business as usual yesterday — but with a skeleton staff led by the manager.
In April it was targeted twice in the space of three days and a gun was pointed at the head of a 10-year-old boy during one of the raids.
A planning application to renovate the centre is with the council and is due for decision on August 3.
Cllr Mark Ward condemned the attack and said garda cutbacks were leaving communities exposed.
He said: “Those shops have been hit numerous times. They provide a service to the community and any attack really brings the whole area down. We could do with more gardai patrolling the streets. But they don’t have the numbers thanks to years of cuts and people not being replaced and unfortunately Clondalkin is paying the price.”

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