Parents in Dublin advised to be vigilant following an attempted kidnapping 5 years ago

Parents in Dublin advised to be vigilant following an attempted kidnapping

Very scary.

A woman in Dublin has shared a post online encouraging parents and guardians in Dublin to be extra vigilant when out and about with their kids following an attempted kidnapping in Dun Laoghaire last weekend.

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In the Facebook post, Sheena McGinley said:

"ATTENTION PARENTS / GUARDIANS - please share, especially if you live in Dun Laoghaire / Sandycove area. A friend's 3-year-old daughter was approached during the kite / balloon festival held in Sandycove last Saturday by a woman and a man.

"Her granddad, who was looking after her at the time, was flying a kite with her and lost sight of her for less than a minute. About 20ft away he saw a couple speaking to his granddaughter. She then took the woman's hand and they started walking away from the event towards a car. 

"Granddad, in a state of shock, ran over and took the girl away and nobody exchanged words. Speaking to the girl, she said the lady gave her a sweet and asked if she'd "like to go to a party in a hot air balloon".

"While the Guards have been notified, my friend - who's not on facebook and unable to do this herself - is eager for parents and grandparents looking after young children to "be more vigilant than usual.

"The woman is in her late 20s and was wearing a dark anorak. The man was in his 30's and wearing a wine coloured jacket. Both average build.

"Please share if you can. I obviously know this little girl, she's an absolute sweetheart and good friends with Lara, so this is really f*cking close to home."

See her post here: