Video: Man claiming to 'love' girl (10) leads to fears of lynch mob in Meath

The man in the video that went viral last night
The man in the video that went viral last night

Gardai in Co Meath have detained a man for his “own safety” after a viral video emerged of him claiming to ‘love’ a 10-year-old girl.

The clip, which was shared thousands of times on Facebook, features a resident of a housing estate quiz a man who was spotted trying to talk to one young girl in the area.

Under questioning the man claims to be ‘in love’ with a child in the area and admits to knocking on the door of another home in the area to look for her in the almost four-minute video.

The video ends when some other local residents ask him to leave the area.

Once the video went viral gardai were made aware of it and it is understood the man was detained for his own safety last night.

The man, who has no history of sexual crimes, is not regarded as a danger to children, according to sources, and has been detained under the Mental Health Act.

Gardai fear he may be subject to a violent attack due to the widespread distribution of the video on the social network.