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Dear AllTonite, our 21 year old daughter was the victim of what we believe to be an attempted abduction, by a group of young black men, dressed in the garb of the so called 'green bombers', within yards of our own front door. She was on the Domboshawa Road, at approx 21.20 hrs, just passing Wheeldon Drive, when she became aware of lights flashing up close behind her. When she didn't pull over, the vehicle overtook her, slowing down as it passed, trying to force her off the road.It tried to run her off the road at least 3 times on the Domboshawa Road, before she pulled in to the BP garage at Helensvale, where she hoped the lights and the presence of other people would help. Two vehicles pulled up behind her and boxed her into a parking space, one a red truck, the other a cream/white saloon car. Luckily, she had the presence of mind to wind up her window and lock her doors! One of the guys got out of a truck and demanded her driving licence, trying to get her to believe he was a police officer. Any of you who happen to know my daughter, will know she is no shrinking violet, and has a mouth to match her mother's. She demanded to know, why he wanted her driving licence, as he wasn't even a police officer. ( She knew exactly what he was because, thank God, she had seen the BBC report on the green bombers only a few days before). He muttered something about not having 'given way' at a road sign. She told him that the Domboshawa Road doesn't have a give way sign on it at the point they tried to force her off the road, so he obviously didn't either know the road to well, or his knowledge of traffic violations was defective!. He continued with the pretence of being a police officer, but she was having none of it!At this point she became aware of at least 9 other black youths, similarly dressed in this green overall style uniform, who started to bang on her windows and tried pulling the doors open. She opened her window a fraction, and told them she would NOT get out the vehicle under any circumstances. She said she remained polite, as she feared they would pull a gun on her at any point, but she was adamant she would not get out. She asked him to explain what law she had broken, then she would drive across the road to Borrowdale police station and deal with the real police officers there. I think at this point, they realised, as I often have, that there was no point in trying to get her to co-operate, as she clearly was not going too. He then gestured to the others to get in the vehicles, and they moved off.She said it felt like an eternity, but was probably all over in 15 mins, but it has left her feeling shocked, angry and very vulnerable.Personally, I can't put in writing what I'd like to do to them if I got my hands on them, as there is probably some bloody law or other that I would be contravening! Guys, we all need to look out for our kids, no matter how old they are, or think they are. These are NOT safe times we're living in. These young 'green bomber' idiots think they can do what they like with impunity, because they are certain in the knowledge, NOTHING is going to happen to them even if they were found out!Tonite, our daughter could have been abducted, raped and murdered, and we would have not known where to start looking for her or indeed the culprits. How long can we continue to think it is not going to happen to us or our families? Who of you out there is going to be next? Surely, surely there is something we can and must do as a group of caring parents, because no one else is going to!!!!Please, please guys, you need to instil in your children that they can no longer be cavalier in their attitudes to safety. Our daughter is 21, and the only thing that saved her tonite was her knowledge of the situation here and her down right bloody mindedness about her own safety.I don't mind if you wish to pass this on to other friends, infact, the more people who know the better. At least then we might start to have a fighting chance of protecting our precious children.To all of you, go safelyK and P