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Three children safe, dad held after suspected abduction

A MAN has been arrested after three children were found safe and well following a suspected abduction in Co Wicklow today.

It is understood that the man brought his three children aged 12,9 and 7 to school as normal but came back and collected them an hour later.

A scuffle broke out with a teacher and the man left with the children prompting an appeal for him and the blue Nissan Almera car he was driving.

He was seen at the Woodview Estate, Ashford at 10.30am and then spotted in the locality by gardai shortly after noon.

A short chase ensued at Rathnew and the man was detained by gardai. The children were recovered unharmed.

The man is being held at Wicklow Garda Station.