Police investigate Burnside incident

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Police are investigating an incident in the Brookland Road area of Burnside yesterday morning.

Detailing the incident, a PSNI spokesperson said: “It is reported that at approximately 8:40am, a young girl was waiting at a bus stop when a man in a black car spoke to her. The girl did the right thing and left the area and the man drove away.

“Enquiries into this are currently ongoing and police are very aware of the concerns that this will raise in the local community. We would appeal to the man in the black car, or if anyone else has any information about this incident, to contact police in Newtownabbey Police Station on 101, quoting reference number 958 of 05/10/16.”

Locals have taken to social media, claiming that the incident was an attempted child abduction.

Commenting on the incident, Cllr David Arthurs said: “This is the third or fourth time this has happened in the Village of Burnside in recent months. I find this a very worrying trend and it is obvious that the people trying to make these abduction attempts are targeting the Burnside area in particular.”

The UUP representative added: “I along with the PSNI will set up a public meeting with the residents of Burnside to try and see if we can help to make the village safer for young people. The Community Groups in the village do a great job and I want to work with them and the PSNI to allow the young people of Burnside to have a life which they and their parents are not constantly looking over their shoulders every time they go out to go to school or to play.

“I would also ask parents throughout the whole country to know where your children are at all times and remember the nights are dropping now, so be vigilant and get your children in before dark. Let’s not give these people a chance.”