Gardaí are searching for a gang who attempted to rob an ATM in Co. Louth.

At around half four this morning, Gardaí from the Armed Response Unit happened to be doing a patrol in the area.

They came across the raiders who were attempting to rob the ATM at the Bank of Ireland on Main Street in Dunleer.

The gang made off in the direction of the M1 and across the border.

The ATM wasn’t stolen during the raid and a digger remains at the scene which has been sealed off.

A hunt is now underway for the raiders involving the Gardaí and the PSN