GARDAI have confirmed they are investigating a ‘suspicious approach’ made to a small child in County Limerick.
The incident occurred at Old Barrack Road, Caherconlish around 3pm last Thursday afternoon.
It is understood that a mother and daughter, believed to be five years old, were walking home from school at the time when the incident occurred.
They encountered a man and a woman, both aged in their thirties, standing on Old Barrack Road. The woman allegedly tried to take the child but the mother pulled the child away and returned home.
The matter was reported to gardai who said they were treating it “seriously”.
Jim Ryan, superintendent of Roxboro Garda Station, confirmed to the Limerick Leader that they are investigating a “suspicious approach” made to a child and extra patrols have been employed in the locality.
Supt Ryan said the woman was described as being in her early thirties, five foot four inches in height and of heavy build. The male is also said to be aged in his thirties, five foot ten inches tall and of strong build.
“The matter is being investigated in a diligent manner. We have a number of detectives from the crime office on it, including the community policing unit in Roxboro.
“They are all liaising with the gardai in Caherconlish. CCTV footage from the town is being harvested at the moment,” said Supt Ryan.
While not wishing to cause undue worry amongst parents, Supt Ryan said: “Just to remind people that while we are investigating this incident that people should be vigilant at all times.”
Anybody with any information about the incident is asked to contact Roxboro or Caherconlish Garda Stations on 061 214340 or 061 351202.
Meanwhile, earlier on the same day – Thursday, October 2 – around noon there was a break-in to a house at Inch St Laurence on the road between Ballyneety and Caherconlish.
It is understood that the owner had only left for a short period of time to do some shopping. The house was ransacked and a sum of money and jewellery was taken.
If somebody recalls any suspicious behaviour or strange cars in the vicinity of Inch St Laurence they are also asked to contact gardai and help them with their enquiries.
A meeting of Caherconlish/Caherline Community Alert will be held on Monday evening, October 13 at 8pm in the Millennium Centre. Crime Prevention Officer, Sergeant Justin McCarthy will be in attendance.
All members of the community are invited to attend.