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Sunday 24 September 2017

Schools alerted after boy attacked

Balbriggan schools are put on alert following an 'attempted abduction'

John Manning

Balbriggan gardaí have issued a warning to local schools to be vigilant after the attempted abduction of a 13-year-old boy as he walked to school, last week.

On the morning of January 30 at 7.45am a thirteen-year-old boy was walking to his school on the Naul Road when a black car stopped beside him on the link road at Castleland Park in Balbriggan.

The male driver of the car asked the boy to get in the car and offered him a lift to school but when the young teenager refused, the driver got out of the car and approached him.

The driver grabbed the 13-year-old on the shoulder and attempted to drag him towards the car but the quick-thinking teenager kicked out and resisted and managed to break free of his attacker's grasp. The 13-year-old ran away and later reported the incident to his teachers in school who, in turn, reported the shocking attack to local gardaí in Balbriggan.

There is currently no description of the boy's attacker but the Fingal Independent understands a specialist Garda interviewer is being drafted in to talk to the boy about the traumatic incident.

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