CASTLECONNELL gardai are to interview a middle-aged man after a “suspicious approach” was made to a teenage boy.
Sergeant Brian Broderick said at around 3.30pm last Sunday, November 25, a teenage boy was walking home from a shop in Castleconnell.
“A wine coloured car pulled up beside him. The driver of the car offered the boy a lift – however, the boy declined the lift.
“The car then drove off in the direction of Birdhill. The driver of the car was described as being middle-aged. Gardaí from Castleconnell are investigating this report, they have made significant progress and arrangements are being made to interview the driver,” said Sgt Broderick.
Castleconnell gardai are also investigating an incident at 5pm, November 13 in Annacotty,
It is understood gardai were contacted after a girl, believed to be aged 14, informed her parents that a man driving a white van attempted to begin a conversation with her as she was walking in the Annacotty area. There has been no suggestion that the man made any physical contact with the teenager or that he tried to get her into the vehicle.
Gardai at Castle-connell are investigating all of the circumstances, which caused some alarm in the locality after parents of children attending schools in the area were informed of the incident by text message.
Speaking about the Castleconnell incident, Sgt Broderick said there is a lot of concern out there about these types of approaches recently.
“In a number of cases gardaí investigating these matters have been satisfied that there was no cause for alarm. We would however advise parents to continue to engage with young children so that they are aware of the possible dangers and also of the importance of reporting incidents to parents, responsible adults and gardaí,” said Sgt Broderick.
Last Sunday’s incident follows reports of a number of similar incidents in the Fedamore area and at Lord Edward Street in the city.