Gardai investigating suspicious approach to girl

Eugene Phelan

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Eugene Phelan

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GARDAI in Limerick have confirmed another report of a “suspicious approach” to a young child in the city.

GARDAI in Limerick have confirmed another report of a “suspicious approach” to a young child in the city.

The latest incident took place at approximately 8.40am last Wednesday, October 10.

The young girl was walking along Catherdal Place when a man driving a red van spoke to her and told her that her mum had asked him to take her to school.

Gardai said that the young girl knew that something was not right and she walked away towards school.

“She met a garda outside the school and reported the matter to her. Gardaí from Henry Street have examined some footage from the area and can confirm the presence of the red van on Cathedral Place; however, the footage is poor quality,” explained crime prevention officer, Sgt Brian Broderick.

He revealed that CCTV is being examined with a view to identifying the vehicle involved.

“We would appeal to the driver of this van to come forward to assist in our investigations. Gardaí from Henry Street are investigating this incident and anyone with information is asked to contact then at 061 212400 or any garda station,” he added.

This is the latest incident reported to gardai following a similar report near St Paul’s School in Dooradoyle some weeks back.

The abduction of little April Jones in Wales, who is still missing and feared murdered, has heightened awareness here about the safety of young children.

Gardai say they are aware that there is a lot of concern among parents of young children.

“I would like to reassure people that every reported incident of a suspicious approach towards a child is fully investigated. There are a number of safety skills that parents should teach their children,” said Sgt Broderick

He has the following advice for concerned parents in Limerick:

- Teach your child the safest route to school and to friend’s homes and tell your child to walk with friends and to avoid dangerous areas such as laneways

- Teach your child to be alert to their surroundings and potential problems

- Encourage your child to be open and to discuss problems if they encounter them

- Talk to your child about where they might get help if they feel that they are in danger