Police are appealing for information following a child approach in Lawrence.
Police are appealing for information following a child approach in Lawrence. Trevor Veale

Child approach in Lawrence

POLICE are appealing for information after a young boy was approached in Lawrence on Wednesday.

About 3.10pm (February 11, 2015), a nine-year-old boy was walking east along Cook St against the flow of traffic.

Police were told a man driving a small white or grey Holden, crossed to the incorrect side of the road and pulled alongside the boy and asked if he wanted a lift.

The boy ran home and notified his parents about the incident.

Police from Coffs/Clarence Local Area Command searched the area but could not locate the man or the vehicle.

Officers would like to speak with a man who may be able to assist them with inquiries.

The man is described as being of Caucasian appearance, about 18 to 25 years old, with short-brown hair, green eyes and a long face. He wore a white top with possibly an American football or basketball logo which looked worn out with holes.

The car is described as a small Holden sedan, white or grey in colour with a yellow numberplate.

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.

Police are urging anyone with information in relation to this incident to 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. We remind people they should not report crime information via our Facebook and Twitter pages.

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