Young girl approached in South Grafton

POLICE are appealing for information after a child was approached in South Grafton.

About 8.15pm on Sunday, a 9-year-old girl was standing outside a house on Blanche Pde, when a white sedan pulled up alongside her.

A man offered the girl lollies and told her to get into the vehicle.

The girl refused and ran away.

The man has been described as being of Asian appearance, with short black hair. He was driving a white sedan with a blue stripe.

Detectives attached to the Coffs/Clarence Local Area Command would like to speak to any witnesses or anyone who has information on the incident.

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.

Anybody with information is urged to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page. Information provided will be treated in the strictest of confidence.



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