Ab­duc­tor stopped as he led girl away

PAR­ENTS ON HIGH ALERT AF­TER AB­DUC­TION AT­TEMPT

Bray People - - FRONT PAGE - Mary FOG­A­RTY

PAR­ENTS IN Bray are on high alert af­ter an at­tempted ab­duc­tion by a hooded man of an eight-year-old child out­side a lo­cal school.

The ter­ri­fy­ing in­ci­dent hap­pened out­side St. Philom­ena’s School, Ravenswell, last Thurs­day af­ter­noon.

The school­girl was ap­proached by a man at the end of the school day and taken on foot up the Dublin Road, north­bound.

‘She was grabbed by the arm and dragged up the road,’ said an­other par­ent with chil­dren at the school.

A par­ent spot­ted the girl and her ab­duc­tor, re­alised she was be­ing taken against her will, and ap­proached them at which point the cap­tor let her go.

He wore a black hoody and dark jeans and ran away as soon as the alarm was raised. Chil­dren were spo­ken to by school staff the fol­low­ing morn­ing and told that the vic­tim of the at­tack is safe and had spo­ken to gar­daí about the in­ci­dent.

Su­per­in­ten­dent Michael Lerni­han said that gar­daí are in­ves­ti­gat­ing the mat­ter.

‘We are ex­am­in­ing CCTV footage and car­ry­ing out houseto-house en­quiries,’ he said, con­firm­ing that the mother of an eight-year-old had made a com­plaint. He said that gar­daí urge cau­tion at all times. ‘Younger chil­dren should be met at school by a par­ent or an ap­pointed per­son,’ he warned.

The in­ci­dent hap­pened out­side St. Philom­ena’s School, Ravenswell.

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