Parents in Co Down and surrounding areas are asked to remain vigilant after an 8 year old boy was stopped in Queen Street Newtownards by a man described as having a goatee beard in a black car. He asked the boy to have a look in his boot.
The eight-year-old told Newtownards Chronicle: “He opened his boot up and said, ‘Can you please take a look in my boot, I think I left something in it’. “I just knew to run. I felt a bit scared about it.”
The childs mother added “This happened when it was light outside – it wasn’t dark. You have to put your trust in them – he’s eight now so you’d like to think he’d be OK to walk across the road to his friend’s house but I do sadly think it’s at that point where you need to always keep your eye on them and take a bit more notice of who else is around.”
This isn’t the first time this has happened in the last 12 months, A 9 year old girl was approached after walking home from school in Gilnarhirk by a man asking her what she was doing and did she want a lift home.
A PSNI spokeswoman said: “Police are investigating a report of a suspicious approach in the Queen Street area of Newtownards on the evening of Sunday 10 April.
Police enquiries in relation to this incident are continuing and police are appealing to the driver of the black coloured car, anyone who saw it in the Queen Street area on Sunday evening, or anyone with any with information to contact Officers in Newtownards on 101. Alternatively information about crime can be passed via the independent Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.”
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