A WARNING has been issued to parents after a stranger tried to snatch a young child near a primary school.
Parents were contacted on Friday by the headteacher of Penarlag Primary School in Ewloe following three reports of a man targeting children in the St David’s area on the previous evening.
In a letter to parents, headteacher Fiona McGill said: “An attempted abduction took place involving one of Ewloe Green School's reception children whilst she was with her mother.”
Miss McGill informed parents there had been two similar reports involving other children around the same time and said police had detained a man.
Copies of the letter were sent to parents at a number of schools in the area.
It reads: “One child was followed home and a man tried to force his way into the house.
“Another child, in year five, when riding his bike to the Co-op, was approached by a man.
“The man allegedly attempted to grab him off his bicycle but he managed to get to the shop, throw down his bike, run inside and shout for help.
“Fortunately, the children are fine but shaken and the police are dealing with each incident.”
The letter concludes: “Whilst not wishing to cause alarm, it might be a good prompt to us all to remind the children again about ‘stranger danger’ and keeping safe.”
Lucyanne Finney, of Buckley, works in the Running Hare pub and saw the young boy running into the Co-op store.
She said: “He was crying his eyes out. He was screaming, saying someone was trying to get him.
“I was really upset afterwards,” she said. “I’m 26 but I remember being little and I know that horrible feeling in my stomach if you think someone’s after you.”
Parents at Ewloe Green Primary School told the Leader they were glad they had been made aware.
Andy Lavery said parents had been talking about the reports and were “definitely concerned”.
He said: “The email said someone had been detained so we felt it was being dealt with.”
Lucy Smith said she’d be keeping a closer eye on her children as a result of what had happened.
She said: “There were a couple of incidents last year – a man flashed a young girl and there was another attempted abduction.
“My little girl is in year six. She usually goes to another park but she won’t be going away from home now.”
Cllr Helen Brown, who represents the Aston ward and lives in Hawarden, said the reports were frightening.
She said: “Ewloe is generally very safe but this is scary. You read about these things happening but this is on our doorstep.”
North Wales Police confirmed officers responded to reports of a man behaving suspiciously and anti-socially in the Ewloe area about 5pm on Thursday September 19.
A spokesman said: “As a result, a man was arrested for being drunk and disorderly and on suspicion of common assault.
“He has since been released on police bail pending further enquiries.”