Police on alert for predators
POLICE are searching for a man and woman after a nine-year-old boy was approached in South Grafton.
The boy was riding his bike on Ryan St between 4.30pm and 4.45pm on Tuesday when a vehicle stopped nearby.
According to police, the female driver attempted to strike up a conversation with the boy, before a male passenger exited the vehicle and started walking toward him.
The child rode away from the area and alerted family members to the incident, which was reported to police later that night.
The incident is the third report of a child being approached in the Clarence Valley in the past two months.
Last week a teenage boy was followed by a man in a car as he was riding his bike along Sheehans Lane in Gulmarrad.
On March 9, a 41-year-old man was charged with offensive conduct after he approached two sisters, aged 11 and 16, on River St, Maclean.
Coffs/Clarence crime manger Detective Inspector Darren Jameson said any reported child approach was a cause for concern and would be investigated thoroughly.
"We are very pleased with how our Safe People, Safe Places message is getting out there and kids are having a very strong understanding of stranger danger, not only reporting it but keeping themselves safe," he said.
Insp Jameson said it was important for parents to help children identify safe places close to where they played or frequented, especially during school holidays.
"While there appears to be a number of child approach incidents recently, parents need to ensure their kids understand that message of what to do and are aware of safe parameters," he said.
"Of course we prefer kids not to be by themselves, there's always safety in numbers.
"(In the South Grafton case) we do ask for the community's help and if they are able to help us with any information we ask
them to contact us."
Police would like to speak to a woman described as being of Caucasian appearance, aged about 50 years old, with a thin build and wearing a beanie.
The man police would like to speak to is described as of Caucasian appearance, aged about 50 years old and with a thin build.
He was wearing a beanie, dark-coloured jumper, track pants and thongs.
They may be travelling in a vehicle described as being a small maroon four-door hatchback with damage to the front guard.
Anyone with information on the incident has been asked to phone the Grafton police station directly on 6642 0222 or Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000.