A warning was issued to parents in the Blackrock area after an alleged child abduction attempt on Wednesday.
Gardaí confirmed to the Dundalk Democrat that were investigating an approach made to a child at approximately 8pm in the Cockle Hill area of the village.
A man described as being in his 30s and driving a small, dark coloured car approached an eight-year-old girl near her home and is understood to have invited her into her car.
The girl immediately ran from the manand to the safety of her parents, one of whom was nearby.
The car then sped off towards the Dublin Road.
Two schools, St Francis NS and NS St Olivers, issues warning to parents in light of the incident.
St Francis NS said on their Facebook page; “Gardaí are asking that we are vigilant of our children especially now that evenings are brighter and children may be out and about. Yesterday evening a child was invited into a stranger’s car at Cocklehill, Blackrock.
“Thankfully the child’s parent was nearby, talking to someone.
“A possible abduction was prevented as the child ran back to the parent.
“Unfortunately the car did a U-turn and sped back towards the Dublin Road. Be aware!”
A text alert was also sent out.
A Garda spokesperson said: “Parents should be aware that as the evenings get longer, their children will be out doorsmore often at this time of day.
If anyone has any information they should contact Blackrock Garda Station on (042) 9322194 or Dundalk Garda Station on (042) 9388400.