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Police probe approaches to children in Co Down

By Lesley Houston

Police are investigating two separate incidents of children being approached by strangers in Co Down.

Police have appealed for anyone with information to come forward after a child walking to school in Bangor’s Kilcooley estate yesterday was approached by a white van.

The child was walking along Owenroe Drive before 9am when two men got out of the van and asked the boy to go with them.

The boy refused and continued on his way to school.

The driver was wearing a woollen hat while the passenger has a scar on his left cheek and was wearing black tracksuit bottoms with a luminous Nike tick. Both men were described as being tanned.

The incident follows a similar approach to a child on Friday. A young girl was in a park in the Drumawhey area of Kilcooley when a man carrying a golf club approached her at 6pm.

He grabbed her arm, but the child, who was in the company of other children, managed to flee. The man is described as being between 30 and 40 years old, with swarthy skin, goatee beard and wearing a blue hooded top.

PSNI Neighbourhood Inspector Julie Blain said they are taking the reports “very seriously” and called for the public's assistance.

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