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School warns parents after ‘man tried to entice pupils into car with sweets and money’

St Mary's says driver tried to grab one of two pupils as they walked to school

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A Co Down primary school has warned parents to be vigilant after claiming a man tried to entice two pupils into his car with money and sweets before trying to grab hold of one of them and pull them inside.

St Mary’s Primary School in Banbridge has reported the incident to the PSNI.

The school took to social media to issue a description and outline details of the incident.

Both children were wise enough to walk away but the school is encouraging parents to speak to their kids and warn them about stranger danger.

The incident happened at 8.35am this (Wednesday) morning.

The children had been walking along Dromore Street – just past St Patrick’s Church – when they were approached by a man driving a red-coloured, older style four-door Volkswagen Golf.

The school said: “He initially asked the children for directions then tried to entice the children into the car with sweets and money.

“After failing he tried to grab one of the children.

“Both children pulled away from him and he drove off.”

The school said the man is described as being in his 50’s, red faced, with short grey/white hair and a large nose, and he was wearing a blue top.

St Mary’s Primary issued an urgent warning to parents to collect their children after school today.

The school added: “Do not let your child walk to school or walk home alone. Walk in groups with adult supervision.

“Please be vigilant and safe.”

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