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Brave Northern Ireland schoolboy stops gang from abducting girl

Tiernan McCready was honoured by police for his bravery.
Tiernan McCready was honoured by police for his bravery.

A schoolboy has been dubbed a hero by police after he intervened in the attempted abduction of an 18-year-old girl.

Tiernan McCready was in Londonderry's Bogside area last Wednesday night when he noticed three men grab an 18-year-old girl and attempt to get her into a van.

Upon seeing the attempted abduction, Tiernan intervened and shouted at the men and led the girl away to safety.

He then returned home and told his mother who rang the police.

Grateful police officers presented Tiernan with the PSNI Badge of Honour and a box of Maltesers as a token of their appreciation and praised him on the 'PSNI Foyle' Facebook page, saying "this is what a hero looks like".

"Most adults would be paralysed in shock, confusion or fear and fail to act till it was too late. Tiernan reacted instantly," the post read.

"Let that sink in. This could have been the start of a potentially serious and harrowing crime. That girl could have been my child, my sister, your child, your family member."

"This doesn’t go anywhere near to paying off the debt our community owes this boy. Our youngsters often get a bad rep but remember the vast majority are brave and big hearted just like Tiernan."

Tiernan has been widely praised across social media for his actions.

Inspector William Calderwood confirmed that police in Derry are investigating a report of a suspicious approach in the Brandywell area on Wednesday April 3.

“At around 8.15pm a local parent reported that her son had witnessed three men in a van approach a teenage girl on Leckey Road a short time earlier," he said

“No other reports have been received to-date, however we are keen to identify the girl and establish exactly what has happened. Officers would also like to speak to anyone who may have seen a white van in the area that night.

“Please contact police on 101, quoting reference 1318 03/04/19."

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