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Tuesday 21 November 2017

Driver tried to seize girl (12) in road terror

GARDAI want to speak to anyone who may have knowledge of an attempted abduction of a 12-year-old girl just outside Naas.

The chilling incident took place last Sunday at around 7pm as the young girl was walking alone in the Cromwellstown area of Kilteel, near Eadestown.

"We understand that the man asked the girl to get into the car and that when she did not, he then made an attempt to pull her into the vehicle with his left hand.

"We are treating it as a suspicious approach," a Garda spokesman said.

Gardai believe the man tried to grab the girl but didn't make physical contact with her. She ran home to her mother, who was not far away.

The girl, a pupil at Rathmore national school, was walking alone at the time and the man in the car was unaccompanied.

Gardai made a fresh appeal for a man they want to talk to in connection with an attempted abduction of two young girls in Dublin last month. The man tried to entice the children into his car in Swords by offering them a lift to a playground.

The man involved in the Naas incident is thought to have been driving a blue-coloured Honda Civic or Mitsubishi car.

Gardai were also told of suspicious approaches to children in the Aylmer Park area of Naas.

Three children were said to have been approached on April 30 and gardai were called that day at 3pm.

Sergeant Gerry Goode, of Naas Garda Station, said at the time there was no immediate worry for parents.

"The incident was reported and investigated and there is no cause for concern," he said.

"All these matters would be taken seriously by the gardai."

Anybody with any information in connection with the incident in Eadestown is asked to contact the gardai at Naas on 045 884300.

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