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Schoolboy (13) left 'shaking like a leaf' in 'abduction' scare

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Laura Lynott

Gardaí are investigating a report of an attempted abduction of a teenager in north Co Dublin.

A man is understood to have tried to drag a 13-year-old boy into his car at around 7.45am on January 30 as he walked along Castleland Park link road in Balbriggan.

The boy told teachers he was on his way to school when a black car pulled up and the male driver offered to take him to class.

When he refused, the teen said the man got out of the vehicle and tried to drag him by the shoulder into the car but he kicked him and escaped.

In a second reported incident, there was a "suspicious approach" to a teenager at around 8am on February 3 on the same stretch of road. However, it is understood there was nothing to suggest this was sinister.

Schools in the area have sent text messages and letters to parents warning them about the incidents.

"Parents are warned to be careful after two suspected child abduction attempts near schools in Balbriggan in the last week," a post on the Balbriggan.info website said.

"Children are vulnerable and trusting and it is our job as parents to remind them of basic safety rules."

Gardai confirmed they are investigating the January 30 incident.

"It's alleged that the man attempted to drag the youth into the car and this was unsuccessful," a spokesperson told the Herald.

"The male youth then ran away and reported the incident to his school and onwards to Balbriggan gardai."

Meanwhile, on a private Facebook page, some people threatened to take action against any suspected offenders.

A community notice was separately posted online to warn parents about the incidents.

It is understood there are no descriptions of the suspected abductor.

The father of the boy involved in the first incident alerted other parents on Facebook, warning: "Some **** try to grab ***** up at Castlelands. Folks, tell your kids ta be extra careful out there."

This post was shared 145 times and friends responded to check that the child was safe, with the father responding that his son was "shaking like a leaf".

Gardai have said that "no arrests or action will be made by anyone but An Garda Siochana".

"We deal with all allegations of crimes very seriously and investigate them accordingly."

Herald

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