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Gardai investigating as two-year-old approached at service station

Applegreen at Castlebellingham
Applegreen at Castlebellingham

Gardai in county Louth are investigating after parents reported that their two-year-old daughter was approached by two people at a motorway service station.

The mother of the child posted a warning on Facebook to other parents to be vigilant after the incident saying “I am one hundred and ten percent positive” that the strangers were “predators.”

The mum was at the Applegreen Service on the M1 southbound at Castlebellingham in county Louth  yesterday (Tuesday) morning with her daughter who is nearly 3 and who was in the play area of the facility.

She said: “It's a long story but basically they watched her continuously, everywhere we went, everything she did.”

“I first thought they were watching me waiting for me to leave my bag down or something, but it quickly became clear they were watching her and one approached her at the first opportunity, then nearly tripped across himself to get away when I ran over.”

She added: “I had to ring my husband to come get us.”

Her husband spoke to the manager of the station and they were told CCTV footage will be passed onto the gardai.

The mum said she was certain the two were, “child snatchers/paedophiles/perverts/abductors whatever the hell you wanna call them.”

“Please mind your babies. This kind of stuff is on everyone's doorstep and is becoming far too common,” she warned.

A spokesman for the gardai in Ardee said that a garda sergeant has been appointed to oversee the investigation into the complaint.

“We are currently investigating the incident reported to us. It is being treated as a potential suspicious approach,” he added.

Irish Independent