Parents urged to exercise vigilance as claims of child approaches increase

A mother has said she is terrified after a man in a light blue or silver coloured car stopped her son a number of times as he ran home after school.

A mother has said she is terrified after a man in a light blue or silver coloured car stopped her son a number of times as he ran home after school.

The woman, who wishes not to be identified, was speaking on ‘Highland Radio’ following a report by Crime Prevention Officer for Donegal, Paul Wallace, which urged communities to pull together and record details of vehicles acting suspiciously in the area so that gardaí can deploy their resources to the correct area.

The mother said: “This person approached him a few times on the one road. He kept pulling up with the window down and said would you like sweets and my child said ‘no’ and my child ran off. My child felt that if he went to the window that this man would pull him in. He stopped him again when he was running to get to the house. For me as a parent, I was absolutely terrified and thinking that if he had got him into the car I might never have got to see my child again. I feel there are so many bad people out there who need to be caught.”

The child described the car as being small and light blue or silver in colour.

The incident took place yards from her home. Reports of the suspicious approaches initially began in Inishowen which is where the focus of the garda investigation is at present. Recent reports suggest that a similar incident has taken place in Letterkenny however it cannot be proved whether the incidents are all related. In one case, the incident which took place in August had not been reported to gardaí until recently. In all cases the child was offered sweets by a male.

Garda headquarters have confirmed that there have been six reported incidents of suspicious approaches in Donegal from April 1, last. Sergeant Paul Wallace said: “There could be somebody out there who might have a description of that car and out of fear or thinking it unimportant hasn’t come forward yet. Young people are a very important part of our community and have to be protected.”

Anyone with information in relation to these incidents are urged to call gardaí in Letterkenny at 074 91 67100.