Garda helicopter was involved in search for five men in Laois
A search began by Gardaí in Laois this evening after five men were reported to have jumped from inside a truck and run into the countryside.
The incident has happened in the Straboe / The Rock area between Portlaoise, Mountmellick and Emo.
It is understood that the incident is still ongoing tonight.
Enquiries are ongoing by Gardaí in the area tonight and a Garda presence will be kept in the area, it has been confirmed.
Earlier this evening Gardaí issued a text alert to members of the Rock Text Alert group.
"Reports of 5 males acting suspicious in The Straboe Area The Rock area in the last 30 minutes. Last seen on foot. Report sighting".
They began a search of the area, backed by a Garda helicopter.
A Laois Garda spokesperson told to the Leinster Express that the men are "no threat to anyone".
Portlaoise Garda station can be contacted with information at 057 8674100