GARDAI in Birr have had an overwhelming response from the public in relation to the attempted abduction of a 13 year old girl last week.
The incident occurred at approx 8.30pm on July 19 at Moyclare, Ferbane, when the girl was cycling her bicycle between her own house and that of a friend’s.
A white van described as a car-type pulled up beside the girl and a male engaged her in conversation, he then attempted to pull her into the van but after a brief struggle she managed to escape. The driver drove off in the direction of Ferbane.
The location of the incident was at the townsland of Moyclare on the road to Clonlyon, off the Ferbane to Belmont Road approx 2km outside Ferbane.
The male was described as being middle aged, small in stature, dark hair and wearing glasses.
Superintendent David Kavanagh said a special review was held by Gardai in relation to the matter yesterday (Tuesday).
He said Gardai had completed their door to door enquiries and had taken statements from witnesses.
Supt Kavanagh said they were now in the process of “putting together the pieces” of the investigation, which saw a large number of people coming forward with information.
He dismissed rumours that had been circulating of an arrest in relation to the abduction and that while a man was brought to the Garda station last week, it was for a different matter.
“It was totally unrelated,” said Supt Kavanagh.
He said with all the responses there were so many leads to follow and there was consistency in these, which is of the highest importance to the Gardai.
Supt Kavanagh said the incident has lead people to report suspicious activity in relation to children in the area.
However, he stressed it was important that people did not become over worried as there will always be business people travelling around looking for directions and there may also be innocent explainations.
But, with the warm summer weather and children playing outside, he said parents should be aware of their children’s whereabouts and ground rules need to be laid down in terms of who they are with and when they are coming home.
Supt Kavanagh said while Gardai were very grateful for the big public response to the investigation Gardai would like witnesses or anyone with any with information to contact the Gardai in Birr on 057 9169710, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.