A SUSPECTED child abduction attempt in Mountrath is being investigated by gardaí.
The incident happened late at night in the Kiln Lane area, when a young girl on a bicycle was approached by a man who had been seen driving around the estate earlier.
According to local reports, the man accosted the girl and put his hand on her shoulder, but he slipped and she managed to get away unharmed.
Gardaí were alerted immediately following the incident, which happened last Tuesday night 31 July and they arrived at the scene shortly before 11.30pm
Gardaí carried out door-to-door enquiries in the estate and have examined footage from a CCTV camera at the entrance to Kiln Lane. Anyone with information that could help the investigation is asked to contact the gardaí in Portlaoise on 057 8674100.