Gardai seek help in finding van driver who approached girl
GARDAI have appealed for help in tracing a man who tried to entice a young girl into a van in Limerick -- the fourth such incident in the city in a month.
The girl was walking along Cathedral Place last Wednesday when a man driving a red van stopped to speak to her.
She said the driver told her that her mother had asked him to take her to school. She ran off and reported the incident to a garda outside her school.
A garda source said: "Officers have examined CCTV footage from the area and can confirm the presence of the red van on Cathedral Place, but the footage is poor quality.
"Gardai from Henry Street are investigating this incident and can be contacted 061 212400."
On September 28, a woman driving a red van approached a 10-year-old girl outside a primary school in Dooradoyle on the south side of Limerick.
The woman reportedly pulled up alongside the girl, who said there was a man in the back, and offered to drive her home.
She was waiting at the time for her father to collect her, and ran back into her school.
John Touhy, the principal of St Paul's Primary in Dooradoyle, said the school was "encouraging students and parents to know the correct course to take in these circumstances".
"We have lessons with children where we 'wise them up' on our 'Stay Safe Programme'," he said.