An investigation is under way after three masked men took an employee from a service station in Co Kildare.

The three men, who wearing navy ski masks, entered the Top Oil service station on the Kilkenny Road in Athy at around 9pm on Friday.

The men demanded that the two staff members who were present hand over the contents of the safe.

However, when they realised the safe was on a timelock, a 22-year-old member of staff was removed from the premises for a short time.

Gardaí in Athy are appealing for information on a Mazda 323 hatchback car, believed to be an older model, which was used in the incident.

Anyone with any information about the incident is asked to contact Athy Garda Station on 059-8631669 or the Garda Confidential line.