Man charged with driving fear into young girls

A MAN has been charged after allegedly following and intimidating two girls south of the Gold Coast last week.

It’s alleged the two girls, aged 13 and 14, were walking north along Kingscliff Street in Kingscliff just before 7pm on Friday when a white sedan allegedly drove towards them, slowing as it approached, before driving away.

Police were told the vehicle, driven by a male, drove towards the girls in the same suspicious manner on two more occasions.


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The girls left the scene and contacted their parents, who alerted police.

Investigations led officers to a home on Channel Place on Saturday evening where they arrested a 22-year-old man.

He was taken to Tweed Heads Police Station and charged with intimidation with intent to cause fear of physical or mental harm.

He was granted conditional bail to appear at Tweed Heads Local Court on Monday 2 June 2014.

The incident has prompted police to encourage parents to discuss the ‘Safe People, Safe Places’ messages with their children.

  • 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.

 

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