Van driver made a ‘suspicious’ approach to young girl in Caherdavin, Limerick

Petula Martyn

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Petula Martyn

A MAN in a white van who approached a young girl in Caherdavin may have been looking for directions, but the incident has been described by gardai as “suspicious” and they are advising parents to be vigilant.

A MAN in a white van who approached a young girl in Caherdavin may have been looking for directions, but the incident has been described by gardai as “suspicious” and they are advising parents to be vigilant.

A MAN in a white van who approached a young girl in Caherdavin may have been looking for directions, but the incident has been described by gardai as “suspicious” and they are advising parents to be vigilant.

The driver of the 07-D registered vehicle gestured to the girl to approach the van in the Laurel Court area of Caherdavin.

The child “became fearful” according to Sgt Brian Broderick. She did not go near the van, and ran inside home to a parent who later alerted gardai.

The incident took place at around 3pm on Tuesday, June 14.

The van driver, who is believed to have been alone in the vehicle is described as being in his mid-thirties, and was of average build.

He had fair hair cut short; he was clean shaven, and he was wearing a white t-shirt.

“The van was a white van and the registration began with 07D,” said Sgt Broderick of the Crime Prevention Office.

“It is possible that this may just have been an innocent approach from a person looking for directions however this young girl took the correct course of action by not approaching a stranger and by seeking help from an adult.”

Gardai are appealing to the driver of the vehicle to come forward to help them bring the matter to a close.

They are also appealing to anyone who may have been in the Laurel Court area last week, and may have seen the white van to contact them.

Gardai at Mayorstone are investigating and they can be contacted at 061 456980