POLICE are appealing for information after a girl was approached by a man in Kingscliff yesterday.
About 9.20am (Thursday 31 July 2014), a 16-year-old girl was walking along Boomerang Street when a white sedan with yellow and black number plates began to follow her.
Police have been told the girl continued to walk along Viking Street and onto Gibson Street when the male driver of the car pulled up alongside the girl and offered her a lift.
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The girl declined and ran from the scene, alerting her father who contacted police.
Officers attached to Tweed/Byron Local Area Command are investigating the incident and would like to speak to a man who may be able to assist with their inquiries.
The man has been described as being in his late 50s, with short shaved grey hair and a full long beard. He was seen wearing sunglasses and a maroon business jacket.
Anyone with information about this incident should call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
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.