Trevor Veale

Girl approached by stranger for third time at Bangalow

A CHILD has been approached by a stranger in the second such incident on the Northern Rivers in a month, police have said.

An 11-year-old girl has reported being watched and then followed by a man in a blue or green Mitsubishi Magna from near the Bangalow Bowling Club while she was on her way to school on Friday last week.

The girl told described the incident to school staff, who then contacted police.

The man was described as being of Caucasian appearance with grey hair, balding in the middle. At the time of the incident, he had a grey beard and was wearing a striped collared shirt.

Police said this was the third time the girl had been followed by a man of the same description.

The incident also follows what police say they believe to be an unrelated incident at Federal on July 11, where two brothers, aged 9 and 3, were approached by a man who tried to entice them into his car.

The man in the Federal incident was described as aged in his late 30s or early 40s, between 170cm and 180cm tall with a medium build, brown wavy hair and a goatee-style beard without a moustache.

When he approached the boys, he was wearing rectangular-shaped glasses with silver rims, a grey, long-sleeved button-up black and white chequered shirt, tight grey jeans with holes in them, and black and maroon skate-style shoes.

He had left the park driving a white Nissan or Mitsubish hatchback.

Anyone with information on either incident should call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Safety tips for kids

  • 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.

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