Bruce Thomas

Abduction attempts 'may be linked'

POLICE have warned parents to keep a close eye on their children with fears the man who attempted to abduct children in Kingscliff and Coffs Harbour on the weekend may strike again.

State Crime Command Sex Crimes Squad Detective Inspector John Kerlatec said police couldn't predict the man's location.

On Saturday afternoon a seven-year-old boy and 15-year-old boy were riding a scooter and skateboard in Robin St, Coffs Harbour when a man in a green sedan asked them to look at something inside the car.

The teenager held the younger child back and the car drove away.

The following afternoon a 10-year-old girl was outside her grandmother's unit complex in Moss St, Kingscliff when she saw a car stopped nearby.

The man attempted to lure her into the car but she ran inside the unit and police were called.

Det Insp Kerlatec said from the children's descriptions it was assumed it was the same man.

"Yes, the distance involved is about three to four hours ... it's concerning that he's travelled from Coffs Harbour area to the Kingscliff area and it's sufficient for us to liaise with the Queensland police, which we have," Det Insp Kerlatec.

The man is described as about 40, overweight with a large pointy nose.

He was driving a green Jaguar or similar sedan with papers strewn around the seats.

There was damage to the driver's front door and the boot of the car was open, but tied down.

Det Insp Kerlatec has urged parents to be aware the man could be anywhere and to ensure children knew safe places and people they could go to.

Police are appealing for anyone with information to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
 



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