Girl, 9, approached by strange man in white ute



Police are investigating reports of a young girl being approached by a strange man in a white ute at Toukley, on the NSW Central Coast yesterday.

About 3.15pm, police say the nine-year-old girl was walking ahead of her 10-year-old brother towards a supermarket on Hargraves Street when a man driving a white ute stopped in front of her.


The man allegedly tried speaking to the girl, but she ran to her brother and the pair notified their mother who called police.

Officers are trying to locate the man who has only been described as being of Caucasian appearance with blonde/brown straight shoulder-length hair.

The children told their mother the man was wearing sunglasses and possible a grey shirt.

Police are urging anyone with information in relation to these incidents 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.