School alerts parents after two women try to lure kids into car

by Rebecca Ryan

A primary school in Balbriggan has contacted parents warning them to be vigilant after two suspicious approaches to children in less than a week.

Gardai are investigating what locals fear were attempted abductions involving two women trying to lure young pupils to get into their car.

Gaelscoil Baile Brigin alerted parents by text message about both sinister approaches and said gardai had been notified on each occasion.

One parent told Dublin Gazette: “There have been two incidents in six days and parents are very worried.

“They don’t appear to be telling all schools in Balbriggan which is crazy. To me all parents in the town should be aware that this is happening.”

The first text message sent from Gaelscoil BB a fortnight ago reads: “Gardai have been informed regarding an incident this morning whereby a car with two women stopped a student and tried to get the student into the vehicle.”

A second text message was sent out last week alerting parents to a second incident which is alleged to have taken place near the AIB bank in the town.

The gaelscoil added: “It is not yet known if this is connected to a previous incident. We would ask all parents to discuss safety around this with your children.

“Teachers will also cover this topic in the school.”

One parent whose 12-year-old daughter was approached said the girl had given gardai a statement describing one woman as being in her thirties wearing a baseball cap.

Gardai confirmed both incidents and said they had taken a report from a school in the area in relation to an alleged suspicious approach in the Tankardstown area.

A garda spokesperson said: “Gardai in Balbriggan received reports of an alleged suspicious approach in the Castlelands area, Balbriggan on September 11 at approximately 9:30am.

‘No offences disclosed’ The statement added that gardai “also took a report from a school in relation to an alleged suspicious approach in the Tankardstownn area, Balbriggan on September 17 at approximately 9:30am.

“No complaints forthcoming as yet from this incident.” Anyone with information should contact Balbriggan Garda Station at 01 8020510.

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