Search

This week 30 years ago: Girl, 6, foils kidnapper in Ringcross Estate

PUBLISHED: 12:52 15 January 2018

Islington Gazette: January 15, 1988

Islington Gazette: January 15, 1988

Archant

A brave six-year-old girl foiled a kidnapper who tried to snatch her friends.

Claire Delaney had been playing with Samantha Radley and two other friends in the Ringcross Estate in the Cally.

They were walking home when a man, holding a piece of rope, accosted them. He asked their names, offered them sweets and got hold of Samantha, also aged six, and another girl.

Quick thinking Claire told her friends to scream, grabbed their hands and ran them to Samantha’s home.

Police praised her actions, as did Samantha’s mum, of Soldene Court off Mackenzie Road. “Claire was very brave,” she said. I’m just thankful she’s such an outward-going girl.”

Claire’s mum, Irene Delaney, of Papworth Gardens off George’s Road, added: “I’m very pleased she took heed of all my warnings.”

Their school, Ringcross School in Eden Grove, warned parents to “keep an extra eye on their kids for safety”.

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Islington Gazette visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Islington Gazette staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Islington Gazette account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest Islington News Stories

A “stirring and fiercely patriotic” song about Islington has been unearthed and performed a century after its composer died in France during the First World War.

A young man has “potentially life-threatening” injuries after being stabbed in Archway last night.

11:11

Homeless and vulnerable people will be offered health checks at a festival in Finsbury Park next month.

11:02

A pilot project to tackle “holiday hunger” means 4,600 healthy lunches are being offered to kids free this summer.

Yesterday, 17:22

“Gutted” kids at a Stroud Green primary school were left empty-handed when their yearbooks failed to turn up – due to a dispute between parents and the printing company.

Yesterday, 17:02

Some “incredibly insensitive” electric car charging points will be removed from a Highbury street because they take up too much pavement space.

Yesterday, 13:52

Installation of new “fire safety” doors on a Highbury estate has been halted in the wake of government safety tests – amid links between the contractor and Grenfell.

Yesterday, 11:30

A former police office and Stoke Newington RAF cadet is now serving his country in another way – after his call handling start-up app was given permission to be contracted by the government.

PROMOTED CONTENT

Fostering older teenagers means giving them the skills for life as an adult. Here, a supportive lodgings carer with Islington Council and young adult who has left care share their stories

Newsletter Sign Up

Islington Gazette twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Islington Gazette
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now