Police appeal after two boys approached at Tweed Heads

POLICE are appealing for information after two boys were approached by a man in a car at Tweed Heads over the weekend.

About 7pm on Sunday, an eight-year-old boy and his four-year-old cousin were riding their pushbikes on Keith Crompton Drive, when a car pulled up alongside them.

Police have been told a man wound down the window and asked the boys if they would like to go for a ride.

The boy did not respond and rode back to one of the boy's mother who was walking behind them.

Officers from Tweed Byron Local Area Command are investigating the incident.

They said they are looking for a man described as being of Caucasian appearance with light coloured hair, a goatee beard, moustache and wearing colourful clothing with an Akubra hat.

The car has been described as being a small black car.

Anyone with information about this incident should call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page


Safe people, safe places

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.

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