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Saturday 7 December 2019

Parents put on high alert after child approached by teen in suspected abduction attempt

Warning letter to parents sent out by St Patrick's Junior and Senior National Schools, Corduff
Warning letter to parents sent out by St Patrick's Junior and Senior National Schools, Corduff

Emma Jane Hade and Ken Foy

GARDAI are on high alert after a child was approached by a teenager in a suspected child abduction attempt.

Parents were sent a letter from St Patrick's junior and senior infants school in Corduff, Blanchardstown, yesterday warning them about the worrying incident.

"It has come to our attention that a child was approached on the Blackcourt Road by a teenager offering sweets and encouraging the child to go with him," the letter read.

"The child responded appropriately and was thankfully unharmed. In response to this gardai have been notified and teachers today are teaching the appropriate Stay Safe lessons."

The letter goes on to urge parents to "reinforce the two rules involving strangers with your child".

It states that the rules recommend that children should keep away from strangers and never to accept a lift from a stranger.

Security sources last night confirmed that they are treating the incident "extremely seriously".

CCTV is being examined at present and more footage is being sought by officers.

"In this incident, thankfully the child was not drawn in by this person and walked away," a source said.

"Gardai are now looking into what happened. Hopefully CCTV will provide more clues to track down this individual who tried to lure the child. It was an extremely worrying incident and it is something that is being given priority."


Separately, earlier this month, gardai moved to quell fears that a convicted sex offender was responsible for an alleged incident in which a female child was allegedly grabbed by a man who the little girl managed to punch away.

The incident led to the respected Greenlanes National School in Clontarf, north Dublin, issuing a security alert to parents.

Sources say that some locals had mistakenly thought that the notorious sex offender from Co Galway, who was previously convicted of raping a child, was the man responsible for the alleged incident in Clontarf

Last month, there had been reports that the same sex offender who is a member of a notorious Traveller crime family had been spotted lurking outside a school in nearby Glasnevin and this was confirmed by gardai.

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