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Shock child abduction attempt in Tubber

Story by Tom Kelly

Saturday, 3rd May, 2008 9:00am

Parents are on the alert this week, after local reports of an attempted child abduction on Wednesday morning last in Tubber.

According to Offaly Independent sources, the incident occurred just outside the Holy Family Church in Tubber, when children in second and third class in Tubber NS were inside the church practising for their First Holy Communion, due to take place later this month.

Sources say someone tried to get one of the young girls from the class into a car when she left the church building to go to the toilet, but she managed to get away.

According to parents Tubber NS has been “very good about it”, and has sent out letters about the incident to all parents of children in the school. The school has also informed all other schools in the locality of the incident.

Gardai in the Garda Press Office in Dublin confirmed yesterday a report of “suspicious approach” in Clara on Wednesday morning, but said no other details were available.

It?s not clear whether the report from Clara relates to the Tubber incident or a second, separate incident.

Staff at Tubber NS did not want to comment on the incident when contacted by the Offaly Independent.