Gardai in county Limerick are investigating a tiger kidnapping in Newcastle West this morning.
At around 8.30am, a Post Office official was at the rear of the premises when he was confronted by an armed and masked man who forced him to leave the area.
A female staff member was contacted some time later and told to take a sum of money to a wooded area between Carrigkerry and Athea.
According to gardai, this instruction was complied with sometime between 11am and 12 noon.
The alarm was raised shortly after 4pm when the male staff member was discovered in the boot of his car in the Templegreen housing estate in Newcastle West.
The post office was closed this afternoon, with a sign on the door blaming ‘computer problems’. Locals who attempted to post letters were told by gardai that the area was being treated as a crime scene.
An incident room has been established at Newcastle West Garda Station and both the car and Post Office have been sealed off pending echnical examinations.
A spokesperson for the Garda Press Office said neither the man or women were injured during the incident but that they have been through a traumatic experience.
Newcastle West gardai are carrying out enquiries, and have asked anyone who noticed any suspicious activity in the Newcastle West and Carrigkerry areas in the past 24 hours to contact 069 20650.