One of the teenagers is aged 17 while two are just 15.

Three teenagers have been arrested following an attempted armed robbery in Westmeath.

The incident took place at around 8:10pm yesterday evening when three teenagers, two aged 15 and one aged 17 entered an off licence on Ashe Road in Mullingar.

One of them threatened a staff member with an apparent hand gun.

It’s understood the staff member fended off the trio before they fled from the store empty handed.

The alarm was raised, and during a follow up operation, the three of them were arrested.

An imitation hand gun was recovered by investigating Gardaí and the scene is preserved for examination.

All three are being held at Mullingar Garda Station, where they can be detained for up to 24 hours.