Abduction alert online
TOWNSVILLE Facebook users were on alert last night after an internet warning about a paedophile went viral. The post urged Townsville parents to keep watch on their children after an attempted abduction. The post read: ‘‘ A man outside a local shopping centre has tried to coax a 10-year-old child into the back of his car tonight. Please repost.’’ Despite hundreds of people spreading the warning, police said they had not been informed of any attempted abduction. It is unknown if the message was a hoax.