Carrick on Shannon gardaí are urging parents to be vigilant following an incident of what they described as “inappropriate contact” between a male and two girls aged approximately 12 years old. The incident is understood to have taken place at around 4 p.m. on Saturday March 11th.
The warning comes after a social media post claimed that two near abductions took place in the Carrick area last weekend.
Superintendent Kevin English confirmed to the Roscommon Herald that the incident was reported to gardaí on Saturday evening.
“The circumstances of this incident are currently being investigated and gardaí are making significant progress in relation to the identification and interview of the male person concerned,” he said.
“We are following a definite line of inquiry and are optimistic that we will be able to interview him soon.”
However, he added that gardaí are treating this as an isolated incident which took place at “a centre of sporting activity”.
He urged parents to be vigilant and to never leave their children unsupervised in a public place.
The social media post, which has been widely shared, said a white male aged in his late 40s or early 50s tried to coax two young girls into his vehicle. This was described as an old large black van with a square front and Irish number plates.
The man was said to be wearing a fishing hat, a dark coloured body warmer and jeans.
The two girls are understood to have been to be waiting to be collected from the sports centre when the man approached them and offered them a lift into town.