Appeal to driver who ‘stopped and spoke to teenage girl in Dungannon’

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Police have asked the driver of a car which stopped with a teenage girl in Dungannon to contact them.

This follows a statement from Dungannon Youth Resource Centre warning that “individuals were driving around Dungannon stopping with young people and trying to lure them into their car”.

The online post urged youths to be vigilant and stay in groups: “Fortunately the young people I have spoken to have been pretty street wise but unfortunately not all young people will be”, the message read.

“Let your friends, siblings, sons or daughters know about being safe in the street. Walking home in groups is best but if they have to be on their own make sure that a parent/guardian knows exactly when to expect them home and if anything suspicious does happen please pass it on to a responsible adult.”

The TIMES contacted police about the claims, and a PSNI spokesman sent the following response: “Police can confirm that a report was received on Thursday 3 December of a grey or silver car stopping with a teenage girl in the Union Street area of Dungannon on the evening of Wednesday 25 November. The driver, a young man believed to be aged in his late teens, asked the girl if she wanted to get in the car with him but she refused. The driver of the car is asked to contact Dungannon Police Station on the non emergency number 101.”