Child, 8, approached at bus stop near Albury

POLICE are investigating after a small boy was allegedly approached by a man at a bus stop near Albury on Thursday.

It’s alleged the eight-year-old boy was waiting at a bus stop at the corner of Prune and Comans Streets in Lavington when around 3.45pm an unknown man allegedly pulled up and tried engaging the child in conversation.

Police say the man, described as being of Caucasian appearance and aged in his 30s with blonde hair and a large tattoo on his arm, drove away from the scene when the boy refused to speak.


Police are urging anyone with information in relation to this incident to 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.