Child approach in South Grafton has police looking for clues

POLICE are appealing for information after a teenage girl was reportedly approached by a man driving a utility in South Grafton yesterday.

The 14-year-old girl told police it was about 2pm (Thursday 7 August 2014), that she was walking alone along Cambridge Street towards Rushforth Road when a man sitting in a silver utility called out to her.

The girl became frightened and joined a group of students walking ahead. Police were alerted about 6.15pm.

The man has been described as being aged in his 40s, of Caucasian appearance, with collar-length dark brown hair. He was seated in a silver-coloured single-cab utility which had a white-coloured tray on the back.

Anyone with information about this incident should call Grafton Police or 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.

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.


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