Friday 18 January 2019

Reports of white van intimidating women

Myles Buchanan

Wicklow Gardai are advising the public to report any incidents of suspicious approaches after a number of stories appeared on Facebook in the past week.

Despite a number of reports on social media of women within the Wicklow town area being approached by men in a van, only one such incident has been reported to the gardaí.

A woman contacted Wicklow Garda Station to say she had been walking on Castle Street in the town on Tuesday, May 29, at about 6.30 p.m. when a large white van with tinted windows pulled up alongside her.

The three male occupants of the van attempted to start a conversation with the woman and one of the them suddenly took a photograph of her.

The van drove on but then turned back to approach the woman a second time. Feeling threatened, she ran to a nearby house.

While similar incidents involving a large white van have been posted online, local gardaí have still only received a report of the Castle Street approach last Tuesday.

A Garda spokesperson said: 'I would advise the public to remain vigilant and to report any incidents so they can be checked out. In urgent cases, contact 999 or 112 for emergency calls if you witness any suspicious reports or activity, rather than just putting it up on Facebook. People often place these posts up on Facebook and assume it has been reported to the gardaí, when it hasn't.'

During the week, a number of reports appeared online regarding men in a white van, including one of a van following a woman in the Marlton Road area, making her feel extremely uncomfortable; a report of a young female being approached in Seafield on Thursday afternoon; while another woman is believed to have been approached walking on the Dunbur Road at around 2 a.m. on Saturday morning.

Anyone who notices any suspect behaviour or activity is urged to immediately contact Wicklow Garda Station at (0404) 67107.

Wicklow People