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Parents reeling after attempted kidnapping

Published: 09 Dec 2011 07:32 GMT+01:00
Updated: 09 Dec 2011 07:32 GMT+01:00

Parents in Falun, in central Sweden, are keeping closer tabs on their children after a man tried to drag a 13-year-old boy into a car on Thursday.

“We’re taking this very seriously. We still know very little about what happened but to be safe we are urging parents to pick their children up after school and remain vigilant after school hours,” said head of school Jonatan Block to local paper Dalademokraten.

According to the boy’s statements, the man tried to offer him a lift, and when he refused, the man tried to force him into the car.

However, the boy managed to struggle free, only sustaining some minor injuries and notified the school about what had happened. The school in their turn contacted the police.

When questioned by police, the boy said that he didn’t know the man, but that this was not the first time that the same individual had approached him.

An email containing information of what has happened was sent out to all parents in the town, and thousands of parents arrived at their children’s schools at the end of the day on Thursday.

“We were told by the principal that it was recommended. It doesn’t feel great that this has happened so close to the school. You’d rather be safe than sorry,” one parent told Sveriges Radio (SR).

“I thought it was a hoax at first. That this could happen here! Of course I am going to pick my child up after such an incident,” said another parent.

Police are currently looking for any information regarding the perpetrator, who was reportedly in his thirties or forties, wearing a green hat and driving a blue Volvo 360-40.

TT/Rebecca Martin (news@thelocal.se)

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08:28 December 9, 2011 by ahmedm.ashraf
to "b" safe???
08:42 December 9, 2011 by adshasta
thousands??? of parents....
08:45 December 9, 2011 by Keith #5083
or " not 2 b", that is the question.

Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrow.....etc.

A pity the youngster couldn't get a mobile picture of the car or get the reg.number. Or perhaps he did....and we haven't been told yet. Most youngsters are pretty smart nowadays.
08:47 December 9, 2011 by spo10
Although the boy didn't know the man, his parents must have since the perpetrator have already approached the kid previously. I feel for him. He must have been traumatized.
09:06 December 9, 2011 by byke
Rebecca, your not trained in journalism are you?

Their are many gramatical errors and use of words that have no place in this article.
09:17 December 9, 2011 by Keith #5083
#byke

Perhaps the problem lies not in journalistic training but in linguistic difficulties. I am presuming that most of the stories in the Swedish press originate from a central source (like AP or Reuters for example) and would be in Swedish.

Oh, incidentally, your 'your' should have been "you're" if we want to be perfectly correct. And your 'their' should have been 'there'.

But, ok, maybe you have translation difficulties also which is why you are so quick to pick fault with others,huh?
11:23 December 9, 2011 by Skallywag
@Keith #5083

Big thumbs up on that comment. Made my morning.
11:46 December 9, 2011 by Keith #5083
#Skallywag

thx

#byke

Oh,and just in case you thought I had missed it - gramatical is spelt grammatical.

Just trying to help....!
12:20 December 9, 2011 by Dijondel
Ah Keith, byke practiced what you might call 'sarcasm' by deliberately mis-spelling words in a comment about journalism, itself the bastion of correct spelling and grammar.

Geddit?
14:04 December 9, 2011 by ahmedm.ashraf
there should be an option to like a comment....!! Keith.like!!!
16:12 December 9, 2011 by Keith #5083
#Dijondel

If we were paying subsciptions for 'thelocal' then the sarcasm has the potential to be appreciated. Since we receive 'thelocal' free I see no good reason for it.

Of course, it would be nice to receive perfection in all things.

It would be nice also to believe your defence.It would be even nicer for folks to desist from nit.picking for a service that I have found over the years to be extremely helpful.

Just to be clear, I am not being sarcastic,ironic or indulging in satire.
17:58 December 9, 2011 by big5
"Police are currently looking for any information regarding the perpetrator, who was reportedly in his thirties or forties, wearing a green hat and driving a blue Volvo 360-40. "

For those in the area, the perpetrator also spoke Swedish with an accent and was dark-skinned. This was left out of the article, but might help in finding the person.
00:39 December 10, 2011 by Gamla Hälsingebock
I knew it !

It was one of "those" people who cannot be described because of PC, or worse it might offend/deter others of the same ilk and and take away future possibilities of???

LOL
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