Chris Ison

Girl approached by woman on Grafton street

POLICE are investigating after a child was approached and had her arm grabbed in Grafton.

About 3.30pm on Friday, an 11-year-old girl was walking in school uniform on Pound St when a white car, described as being similar to a Ford Fiesta, with red P-plates stopped nearby.

Police have been told that the occupants of the car (up to six people) yelled obscenities at the child before a female got out of the car, followed the child, and grabbed her arm.

The girl ran away before contacting her grandmother. She later reported the matter to police.

Police from Coffs/Clarence Local Area Command are investigating the matter and would like to speak to a woman who may be able to assist with inquires.

She is described as being of Caucasian appearance, around 18-20 years old, with a large build and long straight black hair. She was last seen wearing a white t-shirt.

Meanwhile, 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.

Police are urging anyone with information in relation to this incident to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page: https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au

Information you provide will be treated in the strictest of confidence. People should not report crime information via police Facebook and Twitter pages.


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