Police wish to speak to this man in connection with a child approach at Woolgoogla
Police wish to speak to this man in connection with a child approach at Woolgoogla

Police seek man in connection with child approach case

POLICE investigating a child approach in Woolgoolga earlier this year have released a COMFIT image of a man they would like to speak to.

Between 6.30pm and 7pm on Wednesday 9 October 2013, a nine-year-old boy was walking along Sunset Avenue, Woolgoolga, when a black car stopped near him.

A man, who was the driver and sole occupant, called out to the boy and attempted to entice him into the car; however, the boy managed to run home and alert his parents.

Police from Coffs/Clarence Local Area Command have been investigating the incident and have released a COMFIT image of a man they believe can assist with inquiries.

He is described as being of Caucasian appearance with a tanned complexion, aged in his 30s or 40s, with an average build and long red curly hair.

The car is described as being a new model black hatchback with black roof racks.

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 about this incident to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page: https://www1.police.nsw.gov.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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