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Thursday 23 November 2017

Reports of attempted 'child abduction' in Cork downplayed

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Ralph Riegel

Ralph Riegel

Reports of an attempted child abduction in Cork have been downplayed by sources.

It had been alleged that a man approached the child as he walked home from a primary school in Fermoy shortly after 3.30pm yesterday.

The boy, who is understood to be 10 years old, claimed the man asked him if he wanted to accompany him.

The man was unknown to the boy, who ran from the scene.

It is understood the incident is alleged to have occurred on a short-cut, very popular with youngsters, located between the Duntaheen and Cork Roads in the North Cork town.

One source said that while the incident is being taken very seriously, the possibility that it may have arisen from a simple misunderstanding cannot be discounted.

Another indicated that initial indications were that it may have been a "suspicious approach" as opposed to an attempted abduction.

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