Gardaí in counties Dublin and Meath are investigating two separate cash-in-transit robberies.

Two armed and masked men approached a security van driver as he was delivering a cash box to the Bank of Ireland branch in Ratoath at around 8.30am this morning.

They escaped with the box, which is believed to contain in the region of €70,000.

However, the box was fitted with a security dye mechanism.

Gardaí in Ashbourne are appealing to anyone with information to come forward.

They are appealing for anyone who saw a white Peugeot Partner van near Ratoath Village this morning.

Elsewhere, a security man was robbed while in the process of collecting cash from a shop at Century Business Park, Meakstown, Dublin 11, at around 2pm.

Two men attacked the employee of a cash-in-transit company with a crow bar and grabbed a cash box.

They made their escape on foot towards the Charlestown estate.

One of the men was tall and thin, and wearing an orange rain jacket with grey tracksuit bottoms.

The second man, was smaller, about 5’9'', and was wearing a dark jacket, a grey cap and dark trousers.

Gardaí in Finglas are appealing for witnesses to the incident to contact them on 01 6667500.