Police on the trail in Sandy Beach child approach case
POLICE have released a comfit of a male who may be able to assist police with the investigation into a young girl being approached by a man at Sandy Beach, near Woolgoolga, last month.
Officers from Coffs/Clarence Local Area Command are further appealing for information.
About 8.20am on Thursday, November 28, a 10 year-old girl was walking along Graham Dr when a car pulled up alongside her.
The driver called out to the girl and told her to get into the car. She refused and ran home.
The male is described as being aged in his 50s, with a pale complexion, clean shaven and curly light brown/orange hair. He was wearing a red t-shirt with a red logo on the pocket.
The car has been described as an older model light brown or yellow-coloured station wagon in good condition with a white sticker on the rear window.
Anyone with information about this incident should call Coffs Harbour Detectives, Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page. Information you provide will be treated in the strictest of confidence. We remind people they should not report crime information via our Facebook and Twitter pages.
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.