Manhunt underway in West Limerick

A MANHUNT is underway in County Limerick for a gang of suspected burglars who failed to stop at a garda checkpoint earlier today.

A MANHUNT is underway in County Limerick for a gang of suspected burglars who failed to stop at a garda checkpoint earlier today.

After failing to stop at Rourke’s Cross, the car was pursued at high speed in the direction of Newcastle West. The vehicle was abandoned between Broadford and Ashford and the occupants are believed to be on foot somewhere in the locality.

Gardai from Newcastle West, Abbeyfeale and North Cork are involved in the search operation. The garda helicopter and sniffer dogs have also been deployed along with members of the regional response unit.

One man has been arrested and gardai say they are searching for at least three others.

Gardai believe the occupants of the car, who are understood to be from Cork, may have carried out a burglary in the Bruff area earlier in the day.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of the men are asked to contact Newcastle West gardai at (069) 20650.

*For full coverage see this weekend’s Limerick Leader print edition

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