Parents on alert after attempted child-abductions

Parents have been warned to remain vigilant after two children were separately approached in what are suspected to be attempted child abductions. 

One man in Offaly was arrested by Gardaí on Sunday after reports that he attempted to lure a four-year-old child from her home in Tullamore.

The man, who was not known by the child, is alleged to have been acting suspiciously in the Arden View estate and was quickly reported by locals to the Gardaí.

A spokesman for the Gardaí said officers in Offaly “are investigating an alleged incident that took place just after 6pm, yesterday evening, Sunday 21st March, 2021 at Arden View in Tullamore.

“A man, aged in his 30s, has been arrested in connection with this incident and he is currently detained at Tullamore Garda Station under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, 1984.

A school in Co. Clare (pictured) has meanwhile issued an alert to parents after one child was approached outside the building by a man claiming “your Mam told me to pick you up”.

Parked in a purple van outside Clooney National School near Ennis, the man’s attempt to lure the child away was unsuccessful, but school principal Mr. Shane Greene contacted parents to inform them of the worrying threat.

“A male in a purple van spoke to a child at 3pm outside the school. He said to the child, ‘Your Mam told me to pick you up’. Having unsuccessfully enticed the child into the car, the van drove away,” Mr. Greene wrote.

“This is an extremely serious and upsetting incident. I would ask that we all remain vigilant.

“Parents should remind children not to leave the school grounds until their car is visible after school.

“Teachers will also do this and will be accompanying the children to the wall after school.”

A garda spokesman said enquiries into the incidents “are ongoing.”

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