Residents in the Midlands are on alert tonight as Gardai continue a search for five men.
A search began by Gardaí in Laois this evening after five men were reported to have jumped from inside a truck and into the countryside on foot.
The incident 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".
It's understood the men may be illegal immigrants.