11-year-old girl assaulted at shopping centre

POLICE are asking for information on reports a child was indecently assaulted by an unknown man in Yamba.

It was reported the 11-year-old girl was shopping on Thursday October 5 when she was approached by an unknown man.

The man engaged her in conversation before indecently assaulting her at a discount store in a shopping centre on Treelands Drive, Yamba, about 2.30pm.

Detectives from the State Crime Command's Child Abuse Squad and Coffs/Clarence Local Area Command are investigating, and wish to identify a man who they believe may be able to assist with inquiries.

The man is described as being of Caucasian appearance, aged between 40 and 60, about 160-165cm tall, with a large build, grey facial hair, and a big nose.

He was last seen wearing a blue and white check button-up shirt, tan-coloured knee-length shorts, and dark thongs.

He was carrying a red shopping basket and shopping bags from other stores.

Anyone who knows the man or who has information that may assist investigators is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

The Child Abuse Squad is comprised of detectives who are specially trained to investigate crimes against children, including sexual assault, serious physical abuse and extreme cases of neglect.

Anyone with concerns about suspected child abuse or exploitation should 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.

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