Child abduction attempt reported in Johnstown

GARDAI are investigating a possible attempt to abduct a child near Naas last weekend.

GARDAI are investigating a possible attempt to abduct a child near Naas last weekend.

The reported incident took place on Saturday evening near the ADM warehouse store outside Johnstown village.

A 14-year-old local old boy was walking in the area between St. John’s Grove and Johnstown Gardens when a white coloured Ford Transit van approached. It is believed there were three men in the vehicle and one of them, the driver, attempted to pull him into the van.

However the boy struggled free, ran into a local estate and they fled the scene.

A garda spokesman stressed that investigating gardai, who were due the interview the boy yesterday evening (Monday), are keeping an open mind on the case.

A number of interviews were conducted in the area by gardai in the aftermath of the incident.

It is likely that the gardai will examine any CCTV footage recorded in the area around the time of the incident, understood to be between 8.20pm and 8.45pm.

“We have received a report and it is being investigated. There is nothing more than can be said at the moment,” a garda spokesman told the Leinster Leader.

It is understood the gardai are concerned that residents will become unduly worried in the absence of concrete information about the incident.

A garda source indicated it is curious that the report suggested that three people were involved in the incident because a feature of child abduction attempts is that perpetrators are more likely to act alone.