A sum of money has been taken during an armed robbery outside a financial premises in Co Meath.

One man, armed with what is believed to be a firearm, approached a member of cash-in-transit staff in Dunboyne at around 3 o'clock this afternoon.

They threatened him, took a cash box and left the scene in a silver Ford Focus van, with a 05-MH registration plate, driven by a second person.

A silver Ford Focus van was found on fire in the grounds of Dunboyne Castle Hotel a short time later.

Gardaí are appealing to witnesses, especially anyone who may have seen suspicious activity around Dunboyne or around the grounds of Dunboyne Castle before or after the robbery to contact them in Dunboyne on (01) 8010600, the Garda Confidential Line 1800-666111 or any garda station.