Monday 26 September 2016

Primary schools issue warning to parents after two attempted abductions in same area

Catherine Devine

Published 17/06/2016 | 17:23

Primary schools have sent a warning message to parents after two attempted abductions in the south Dublin area
Primary schools have sent a warning message to parents after two attempted abductions in the south Dublin area

Primary schools have issued a warning to parents after a man attempted to abduct two children in south Dublin this week.

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Two children were approached by a man in a dark car in separate incidents this week in Booterstown and Monkstown.

Now two schools, both based in the nearby area of Shankill, have sent a text message to parents asking them to be “vigilant”.

The message reads: "We have had reports of children being approached by a man in a dark car in the Shankill area. Please be vigilant."

Local Fianna Fáil councillor Vinny Durán-Kearns told Independent.ie that he received one of the warning messages from Scoil Mhuire, Shankill.

“The areas are so close together that it’s likely that it’s the same man,” Cllr Dúran-Kearns said.

“Please collect your kids from school and be on the look out."

A concerned parent described one of the reported incidents on Facebook. He told of how his nine-year-old son was walking on his own from his grandparents' house on St. Patrick’s Crescent Road, Monkstown on Wednesday when a man tried to get him into his car.

“A man in his twenties with blonde hair and well-spoken asked [my son] to get into his car and offered him sweets. When [my son] said no and ran away the car followed him. [He] ran back the opposite way to his grandparents and told them what happened,” the father wrote.

The parent said the man was driving a black car with a 99 registration.

The other pupil, who attends a school in Booterstown, was also reportedly approached by a man in a black car on Thursday.

It is understood the man approached the child saying that her dad had asked him to pick her up after school but the young girl ran away.

Gardai confirmed that they are investigating two “suspicious approaches” in the area by a man in a black car.

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