Northern Ireland

Police to increase patrols after attempted abduction claim

Police have said they will increase patrols around schools in the Shankill area of Belfast following claims of an attempted abduction.

A man is alleged to have tried to snatch a 10-year-old boy off the Crumlin Road last Wednesday.

The boy's mother was among those who met police at a protest outside Tennent Street police station on Tuesday night.

Senior PSNI officers spoke to members of the crowd.

Chief Superintendent Mark Hamilton said that more police officers would be on patrol, "particularly at school times."

"It'll be as many as I can put out," he said.

The mother of the 10-year-old boy spoke to BBC reporter Helen Jones.

"This fella flashed his lights for him to come over," she said.

"The fella jumped out of the car and tried to grab him into the back seat of the car.

"He was pushing down his head and he slammed him that hard into the car that my son's complaining of pains in his arm."

According to the woman the man drove off when a local teenager challenged him.

A number of parents said they were keeping their children indoors as a result of the incident.

The police are also investigating four other reports of suspicious activity in the Shankill area, but they said that at this stage they did not know if the incidents were linked.