Police step up man hunt

Police have released this picture of a suspected abductor who has struck twice in both Kingscliff and Coffs Harbour.
Police have released this picture of a suspected abductor who has struck twice in both Kingscliff and Coffs Harbour.

POLICE have given the public its first glimpse of the man who tried to lure a 10-year-old girl into a car at Kingscliff on Sunday.

A COM-FIT image released by police yesterday shows a man they wish to speak to in relation to the incident as well as a similar incident in Coffs Harbour on Saturday.

One of the targets of the attempted abductions was able provide a detailed description that allowed police to create the composite image.

The man is described as being of Mediterranean or Middle Eastern appearance, about 40 years old, overweight, with a large pointy nose and short grey hair parted to the side. He was wearing black framed glasses with thick lenses and a thick blue sweater and he spoke with an Australian accent.

Police believe the man may still be in New South Wales or he could have travelled north to Queensland.

In the first incident a man tried to lure two boys into his car in Coffs Harbour on Saturday afternoon.

The two boys, aged seven and 15, were riding a scooter when they saw an old green sedan stopped.

The younger boy, who approached the car, was held back by the older boy before the man drove away.

A day later, early on Sunday evening, a man spoke to a 10-year-old girl and tried to lure her into his car in Moss St, Kingscliff.

The girl became concerned and ran into a block of units where her grandmother lived and reported the matter to her mother.

The car involved was described as a green Jaguar sedan, or similar, with maps or papers strewn around the vehicle. The driver's door was damaged and the boot was open but tied down.

Police have asked anybody with any information about this case to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Commander of the Sex Crimes Squad Detective Superintendent John Kerlatec urged parents to reinforce the "Safe People, Safe Places" messages with their children.

Supt Kerlatec said children should avoid walking alone and should choose busy streets and paths with lots of other people.

He said it was important parents or another trusted adult knew where children were at all times and that they walked straight home or to the place they are walking to.

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