Monday 18 December 2017

Gardai hunt suspect drivers after child-abduction bids

Members of the Garda Dublin Traffic Corps enforcing seatbelt laws in the Pheonix Park
Members of the Garda Dublin Traffic Corps enforcing seatbelt laws in the Pheonix Park

Paddy Clancy

GARDAI are searching for attempted child-abduction suspects after alerts in two towns.

A four-year-old boy and a 10-year-old boy were the intended victims of van-drivers in the north-west of the country with concerns raised in Leitrim village and in Bundoran, Co Donegal.

The first alert was raised in Bundoran last week when a four-year-old reported being invited into a van for sweets while playing in his front garden in the Silverhill area of the town.

The white van, possibly a Renault, sped away when the mother emerged from the house.

The worried mother told investigating gardai that she believed the van had southern registration plates.

Gardai in Bundoran were unable to detect any similar van in an early follow-up search around the town.

A few days later the driver of another van, a white Toyota Hiace with blue and black writing on the driver's side and carrying a Donegal registration plate, tried to coax a 10-year-old boy into his vehicle in broad daylight in Leitrim village.

The child immediately ran for help and the driver made off in the direction of Drumshanbo.

Gardai were immediately contacted and a text alert was issued to a number of alert schemes in and around the Leitrim village, Carrick-on-Shannon and Drumshanbo areas.

The driver of the van was described as a man with a white shirt who was in his 30s.

The search for the vehicle and its driver is being conducted by gardai at Carrick-on-Shannon.

Irish Independent

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