Abductor stopped as he led girl away
PARENTS ON HIGH ALERT AFTER ABDUCTION ATTEMPT
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.