GARDAI are warning parents of young children to be vigilant following reports that a schoolgirl was the subject of a “suspicious approach” earlier this week.
The girl, believed to be aged 14, was walking in the Annacotty area at around 5pm on Tuesday when a man driving a white van made some sort of approach to her.
While gardai at Castleconnell have not commented on the incident officially, it is understood there was no attempt to force the schoolgirl into the van.
The parents of children who are attending schools in the area were alerted by text to the incident and are being advised to caution their children about approaches from strangers.
“It is important that parents speak to their children about approaches from strangers and also that they give clear instructions to their children that approaches of this type are not appropriate and that it is important that they report these incidents immediately to their parents, teachers or to another responsible adult,” said Sgt Brian Broderick.
Earlier this year, there was widespread fear when reports of similar incidents involving a white van were reported to gardai.
Those incidents happened in the Fedamore area and at Lord Edward Street in the city.