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Wednesday 13 December 2017

Boy escapes man linked to three abduction incidents

A third attempt to lure a boy into a van took place in April
A third attempt to lure a boy into a van took place in April

Greg Harkin

Gardaí investigating the attempted abduction of a 14-year-old boy in Co Donegal are now probing other incidents in the same area.

The boy managed to run away when a man driving a white van, thought to be a Renault Kangoo, tried to lure him into the vehicle last Sunday evening in the village of Kerrykeel on the Fanad peninsula.

Gardaí responded quickly to the incident as the boy was able to cycle home and raise the alarm within minutes but a massive search of the area failed to locate the man or his vehicle.

Family friends say the driver grabbed the boy by the arm but he managed to hit the man's hand off a wing mirror and cycle to his home 200 metres away.

It's understood detectives are linking the incident to two other attempts by a man to lure children into vehicles in the same village in the past six months.

In August, an eight-year-old boy who cycled into the village to meet his father returning from work was also grabbed by a man driving a white van. He also managed to escape.

A third attempt to lure a boy into a van took place in April.

Fears have also increased after a woman was sexually assaulted at the rear of her home in the nearby village of Tamney, 5km away, at around 10pm last Friday.

She had gone to the back of her home to get coal when she was attacked.

Gardaí are not able to say if there might be a link between the weekend incidents and they've carried out house-to- house enquiries in the Tamney and Massmount areas.

But they are linking the three incidents involving the boys.

The 14-year-old boy has been left traumatised after Sunday's incident. Supt David Kelly said they are treating it as an attempted abduction.

He said the driver was hooded and may be of stocky build and spoke with a local Donegal accent.

Irish Independent

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