Portlaoise Garda Station
Five men have jumped from a truck in Laois this evening and run into the countryside.
The incident has happened in the Straboe / Rock area between Portlaoise and Mountmellick.
Gardaí are currently searching for the five, with a Garda helicopter and vehicles in the area.
Gardaí issued an alert to members of the Rock Text Alert at 7.25pm this evening Thursday August 2, after the incident began.
"Reports of 5 males acting suspicious in The Straboe Area The Rock area in the last 30 minutes. Last seen on foot. Report sighting".
A Laois Garda spokesperson has confirmed to the Leinster Express that the men are "no threat to anyone".
A local source has claimed that the men jumped out of a meat lorry and ran into a forest.
Portlaoise Garda station can be contacted with information at 057 8674100