July 26, 2021

Parents warned after several girls approached by man in white jeep in Waterford city

Waterford parents have been urged to warn their children to be vigilant after a series of approaches were made to young girls in the city in recent days.

On Thursday night a 17-year-old girl who was out walking on the Ballytruckle Road had to make a run for it after she was stopped by a man who had followed her in a white vehicle. The incident occurred at around 9.30pm.

Now it has emerged that a man matching the same description approached at least two other young girls in the city earlier in the evening.

An eyewitness who spoke WaterfordNow.ie said she saw a man in a white Dacia Duster jeep with a Kilkenny registration stop to talk to a girl in a school uniform across the road from Walsh Park at approximately 8.10pm.

She thought there was something suspicious about the man and went to ask the girl if she was ok. At this point, according the woman, the man drove off in the direction of Paddy Brown’s Road.

Concerned that he would target other children, the woman followed him and a short time later saw him approach another young girl. She then called the gardai and gave a description of the man, who she said appeared to be in his 50s, small but heavy set, with black and grey hair and a beard.

When she approached the man for a second time he again drove off. The girl said he had told her he was “lost” and was looking for direction to a supermarket.

Waterford gardai are investigating the incidents.

They have appealed to anyone who may have witnessed suspicious activity or who may have been approached by the suspect to contact Waterford Garda Station on 051 305 300.


Shane Doran

Shane Doran is founder and Co-Managing Editor of News Now Media, incorporating KilkennyNow.ie, WaterfordNow.ie and WicklowNow.ie. He is a former newspaper editor who has held senior executive roles across five national newspaper titles, both broadsheet and tabloid. He was News Editor and Executive Editor of the Irish Independent for more than seven years and spent a number of years in South Africa where he worked as editor of The Daily Voice newspaper. Shane has held senior editorial position with The Sunday Independent, The Herald and The Irish Daily Star and has served as Executive Editor (Group) of Independent News & Media (INM), Ireland’s largest newspaper group.

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