The Tribune (NZ) - - WELCOME - – Richard

Re­lief. It was a word used by many fol­low­ing the ar­rest of a man for al­legedly snatch­ing a child off a street while she was on her way to school.

Po­lice an­nounced the ar­rest last week, and the man will ap­pear in court next month.

It fol­lowed a con­certed po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the in­ci­dent which stunned the city. While de­tails are un­der wraps, the ef­fort no doubt re­flects many hours of pa­tient po­lice work as well as in­put from a com­mu­nity anx­ious for re­as­sur­ance and for res­o­lu­tion.

It won’t al­le­vi­ate un­der­ly­ing parental wari­ness though, about the safety of their chil­dren in the city’s pub­lic spa­ces. And there’s noth­ing wrong with in­creased watch­ful­ness.

How­ever, the sad fact is that most child abuse hap­pens at the hands of peo­ple chil­dren are al­ready as­so­ci­ated with, and those charged with the care of kids should not for­get about the ‘‘en­emy within’’.

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