‘A Parent’s Worst Nightmare’ - Dungiven dad describes daughter’s ordeal

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The father of a teenage girl in Dungiven has described his daughter’s terrifying ordeal when she was targeted by a hooded driver near her home.

The shocking incident happened on Sunday night at around 8.35pm in Lackagh Park as the 14-year-old walked along the street and a white Seat Ibiza car pulled up beside her, a police spokesperson said.

The concerned dad said his daughter was walking to her friend’s house and was not far from home when the man got out and grabbed her by the arm. Luckily, she managed to struggle free and run into a neighbour’s home.

“The worrying thing is it happened so close to the house,” he told the ‘Journal’. “You never think it could happen to you. You read about these things in the paper but that’s all it is to you but it can happen anywhere.”

The man said his daughter and family have been left traumatised by the incident, but hopes by speaking out he will alert other parents not to be complacent.

“I know it’s a cliche but it really is every parent’s worst nightmare and I can’t even bear to think what would have happened if she wasn’t able to get away. I think the realisation of what happened is only hitting us now but, if by speaking about it can raise awareness and stop whoever did it, that might be good,” said the father, thanking police for their help and support.

The man is described as being 5’10” tall, of thin build and was wearing a dark hooded top, gloves and a scarf with white writing on it covering his face.

“The girl was not hurt, but was left badly shaken,” said a PSNI spokesperson.

Police urge anyone with information to contact them on 0845 600 8000. Or, they can contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.