Tuesday 16 January 2018

Gardaí investigating following alleged ‘suspicious approach’ to child

Tomás Heneghan

Gardaí are investigating a “suspicious approach” to a child in an estate on Thursday evening.

The investigation was launched following a report of an approach made to a young teenager in the Raheen area of Limerick.

An Garda Síochana confirmed the incident occurred at approximately 5pm on Thursday evening.

A local Limerick Councillor, and member of the residents association at The Grange estate in Raheen first posted about the incident on Friday on social media site Twitter.

Councillor Daniel Butler said the teenager was approached first by a car in the estate but refused to get in to the car.

Speaking to Independent.ie, Mr Butler said: “The car drove away and did a U-turn, came back and offered them money to get in to the car. Once they refused, they made comments to them after that and the child just ran home.”

He said the child’s parents were “quite upset” after the incident.

He said as far as he was aware the child might have been outside playing when the incident occurred.

“It’s not uncommon for a 12, 13, 14-year-old to be out playing football on the green or whatever,” he explained.

He said this is the first time such an incident has occurred in the estate as far as he was aware.

He explained: “It’s a very safe estate in the leafy suburbs of Limerick, with a lot of young families. A very unusual event.”

Mr Butler said that with the summer weather, “the guard is down, you let your children out”.

He also said: “[I’m] trying to encourage parents to be more vigilant and talk to their children and let them know that if they’re approached, the idea of ‘stranger danger’, to immediately run away to their parents if they are approached by anybody.”

A statement from An Garda Síochana said: “Gardaí at Roxboro Road are currently looking into a reported suspicious approach to a minor in the Raheen area of Limerick.

They confirmed there is an investigation ongoing and that available CCTV will be viewed.

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