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Man Arrested In Templemore Railway Station, Found In Possession Of Imitation Firearm.

A man, understood to be aged aged in his 20s, was taken into Garda custody in Co Tipperary yesterday, after he was found to be in possession of what is now believed to be an imitation firearm, observed on the Dublin to Cork train near Thurles.

Gardaí were alerted and responded to the incident on the train at Templemore Railway Station in Tipperary at 6:50pm on Friday evening last.

Reports suggest that the male had been observed on the train with a firearm. Local uniform and plainclothes Gardaí initially attended the scene, assisted by the Armed Regional Support Unit. The male was quickly identified and searched by Gardaí, who found the man to be in possession of what is now believed to be an imitation firearm, subject to a proper technical examination.

The man was arrested for questioning in connection with the incident, under Section 30 of the Offences Against the State Act 1939. Further investigations are now continuing.

It should be noted that here in Ireland, where a person, without lawful authority or reasonable excuse (the onus of proving which shall lie on him or her), has a realistic imitation firearm with him or her in any public place, that person shall be guilty of an offence.

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