Gardaí in Mayo are searching for evidence in connection with an attempted robbery with a weapon which occurred at a Castlebar business on Main St. yesterday afternoon.

Members of the Garda Water Unit have set up operations in the vicinity of the Town River at Market Square car park today beside the pedestrian bridge at the rear of the Church of the Holy Rosary.

The area has been cordoned off as the search by sub-aqua divers for evidence in the river and surrounding area is stepped up.

Meanwhile a man in his early 40s is being questioned at Castlebar Garda Station in relation to the attempted robbery at Rings & Things Jewellery Shop in the town.

He is being detained under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act 1984.

The man was arrested shortly after leaving the business premises on foot. He was wearing a hoodie and a Covid mask.

The proprietor of the shop, Peter Sheridan, spoke to Midwest News today and expressed relief that nobody was injured in the incident.

He praised the response by his staff and the gardai, and the value of good quality CCTV. Mr Sheridan believes the recording should be of great assistance in prosecuting the perpetrator.

Rings and Things Jewellery Shop is open as usual for business today and Peter and his staff are back at work.

He explained that prior to Christmas, he had talked to his staff about any possible armed robbery in light of two such attacks on businesses in the county town on the week before Christmas.

He said he stressed to staff if any such attack was to occur to simply hand over the money and ensure their own safety.

Nonetheless, he says, yesterday at 20 to 4 when a man wearing a hoodie and a covid mask entered his premises brandishing a knife and demanding the contents of the till  - one member of staff responded by resisting the robbery.

He said that combined with another member of staff making noise upstairs appeared to be enough to prompt the robber to flee.

Gardai then quickly responded.

Peter, who has been in business for many years, said it’s the first time that a robber with a weapon entered his premises. “The relief that no one was injured yesterday is the strongest emotion we are all feeling today”, he told Midwest News.

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