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Stranger danger fears illustrate close-knit protective community in Mid Ulster

Natalie Coleman with her daughter Brooke who was the target of an alleged abduction attempt.

Natalie Coleman with her daughter Brooke who was the target of an alleged abduction attempt.

 

There’s a fine line between reporting important news in the genuine public interest and creating hysteria.

Over the last seven days, there has been only one topic of conversation, much of it through Facebook - and that is child abduction fears.

What happened in Coagh is now the subject of criminal proceedings.

On Monday morning, the police revealed details of another entirely separate alleged sickening approach to a young teenager in Cookstown, which happened on Sunday.

“What’s happening to this place” was the response from the worried public on the Mail’s Facebook page.

Statements from the PSNI and NSPCC urge us to take some perspective - such attacks are very rare - while they also acknowledge the deep fears which have gripped the region.

It’s easy to forget, that as many of us take to Facebook or twitter to catch the latest update, it is online that probably poses the biggest risk to young people from strangers who could be thousands of miles from your doorstep.

What this past week has also demonstrated is the strong sense of a protective local community we have here in Mid Ulster.

 

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