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Man held in County Kilkenny over Laois girl abduction attempt

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Image caption Police had been searching for a man after the alleged attempted abduction of a young girl

A man has been arrested in County Kilkenny after a Republic of Ireland-wide alert over the alleged attempted abduction of a child in County Laois.

Police were searching for a man after reports that a girl had been put into a vehicle in Cullahill on Wednesday.

Incidents in the Irish Midlands involving a man believed to be driving a silver 4x4 were also reported.

He was said to have been begging for money, but on Wednesday police received reports he tried to abduct a child.

Police were told the man stopped and spoke to two children in the area before putting a young girl into the 4x4.

She reportedly escaped when her 10-year-old brother jumped on the back of the vehicle.

The man is being questioned at Portlaoise Garda Station.

A stolen 4 x 4 has been recovered by police.

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