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Craigavon police call for vigilance after report of child offered sweets by men in van

Officers step up patrols in Donaghcloney area

Published 18/08/2016

Officers praised the boy and said he did the right to
Officers praised the boy and said he did the right to "remember Stranger Danger".

Police have stepped up patrols in the village of Donaghcloney outside Lurgan following the report of a possible suspicious approach to a child.

It was reported to police that at around 9.20pm on Wednesday night a 10-year-old boy was out on his bike on Main Street when he was spoken to by three men in a white van who asked him to come over and offered him sweets.

Posting on the PSNI Craigavon Facebook page officers said the boy did the right thing "remember stranger danger" and went straight home to tell his mum.

Officers stressed that they do not know the motives for this incident or for certain that it is something to worry about.

They have appealed for those involved to get in touch in a bit to reassure parents.

A police officer said: "If you saw a white van in the area at that time, or were one of those men, please contact us.

"There may be a perfectly innocent explanation for this so it's important we get talking to you to find out and reassure the parents. Call us on 101 quoting incident 1355 of 16/08/16.

The officer added: "Parents this is a good time to remind your kids of their safety.

"Remind them that if they are approached by someone they don't know, to walk away and find an adult they do know and to never get into a strangers car, or accept sweets from anyone they don't know.

"We have stepped up our patrols in the area, however if you see anything suspicious anywhere around this, call us on 101."

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