Gardaí have arrested four men following a double robbery in the Fonthill area of Clondalkin last night.

Three men entered a supermarket in the Fonthill Retail park in Clondalkin armed with what appeared to be a handgun at around 9pm.

They threatened a cashier and left the store with an undisclosed amount of cash.

A silver coloured Volvo was used in their getaway.

Immediately afterwards, three members of the same gang entered an off-licence attached to a bar on the Fonthill Road, Clondalkin.

Again they produced what appeared to be a handgun and got away with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Local units and the crime task force managed to stop the silver coloured Volvo used in these robberies in nearby Collinstown Park.

Four men got out of the car and ran. They were arrested after a short pursuit and are being held at Ballyfermot and Lucan Garda stations.

All four are in their early 30s.

The cash taken in both robberies, an imitation firearm and a number of balaclavas were recovered in the car.

The scenes at the supermarket, bar and where the car was found have been preserved for technical examinations.

No-one was injured during the course of the robberies.