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Child approached at Clarence Town

Police are investigating after a child was approached at Clarence Town on Friday.

Just after 3pm on September 11 a 12-year-old girl was walking along Rifle Street when a red sedan, possibly a Holden Commodore or Ford Falcon, approached her.

Police have been told the car slowed as it went past her, when a front male passenger spoke to her, asking if she wanted a lift.

The vehicle left the scene and the girl told her mother, who notified police.

Officers attached to Port Stephens Local Area Command attended and commenced investigations.

As police continue their inquiries, they would like to speak to a man who may be able to assist them.

He is described as being of Caucasian appearance, about 35 to 45 years old, and has a long dark brown beard with grey hairs in it.

Police are urging anyone with information in relation to these incidents to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page nsw.crimestoppers.com.au

The incident has again prompted police to encourage parents to discuss the ‘Safe People, Safe Places’ messages with their children, including:

  • Make sure your parents or another adult you know knows where you are at all times.
  • Always walk straight home or to the place you are walking to. Walk near busier roads and streets, or use paths where there are lots of other people.
  • Know where safe places are – a shop, service station, police station, library or school. If you are ever frightened, you should go to one of these places and ask them to call the police.
  • Learn about safe adults you can look for and talk to if you need help – police officers, teachers at school, adults you know and trust.
  • Don’t talk to people you don’t know and never get into a car with someone you don’t know. If a car stops on the side of the road and you don’t know the person inside, do not stop.
  • If you are scared and can use a phone, call 000 and tell them you are scared.
  • If someone tries to grab you, yell out, ‘Go away, I don’t know you’. This lets other people know you have been approached by someone you don’t know.

Article courtesy of The Maitland Mercury

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