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Young girl has nightmares as she relives stranger danger

NINE-year-old Deanna Dockrey was approached by a strange man on Sunday evening.

He tried to lure her into his car, offering lollies and "a better life".

Thankfully, the South Grafton girl was well aware of stranger danger and ran away.

But she still has nightmares and shows distrust towards the drivers of any cars that travel up and down her street.

The approach occurred about 8.15pm on Sunday.

CLOSE CALL: Carlene Dockrey and her daughter Deanna, 9. A man approached Deanna outside her home on Sunday night and attempted to lure her into his car. PHOTO: JOJO NEWBY
CLOSE CALL: Carlene Dockrey and her daughter Deanna, 9. A man approached Deanna outside her home on Sunday night and attempted to lure her into his car. PHOTO: JOJO NEWBY

Deanna was outside her Blanch Pde home with her father, Sean.

"We were doing the wheelie bins and dad went inside to get something," Deanna said.

"A man sped down in a car and offered me lollies."

"I didn't take them... at primary school they taught us not to take things from strangers."

Deanna then ran inside her home.

"The man speeded off down the road and dad rang the police," she said.

Deanna described the vehicle as a white sedan with a blue stripe along the bottom of the doors.

"The seat covers were a blood-red colour and they said Harmony Day on them... there was a bunch of kids holding hands which is the Harmony Day symbol," she said.

"There was also a cake in the car... it had three candles on top and said 'Happy Birthday Lucy' on it."

Deanna's mother Carlene Dockrey praised her daughter's memory and attention for detail after Deanna gave police the detailed description of the man's vehicle.

"The police have been really good with it all," she said.

"They were here within 12 minutes of Sean phoning them."

The man has been described as being of Asian appearance, with short black hair.

Anyone with information is urged to phone Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page police.nsw.gov.au.

Tips for Kids

  •  Don't talk to people you don't know.
  •  Never get in a car with anyone you don't know.
  •  If someone tries to grab you, yell out, 'Go away, I don't know you'.

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