CCTV images released as police investigate ‘screaming child being carried into van’

Police have released CCTV stills of a van, as they continue inquiries into reports concerning a distressed child being carried into a van by a man on the Central Coast over the weekend.

Around 2.10pm Saturday 5 December 2015, police were contacted by witnesses who heard a child screaming near the Central Coast Highway at Long Jetty.

Police attended the location and spoke to the witnesses, including a 10-year-old boy who told police he saw a screaming girl, believed to be aged around 12 or 13, being carried into a white van by a man.


Officers also spoke to two adults, both of whom heard a girl screaming. The adults did not see the girl being carried into the car.

Police are now making inquiries into the matter and are keen to hear from anyone with information that may assist.

The van is described as white (believed to be a Toyota Hiace), with roof racks (running from front to back), a distinctive wave-like handle on the front passenger door, black and yellow registration plates, dark tinted windows and sliding doors on at least one side of the vehicle.

The van was last seen travelling west along Swadling Street, Long Jetty.

The Crime Manager of Tuggerah Lakes Local Area Command, Detective Inspector Dave Waddell, said police had not received reports of any missing children in the area, and are keen to hear from anyone who may be able to clarify what happened.

“This could very well be a case of a parent having an argument with their daughter,” Det Insp Waddell said.

“If there’s anyone out there who can help us resolve this matter, please do get in touch.”