POLICE are appealing for witnesses after a nine-year-old girl was allegedly approached by a man at a primary school in Croydon.
About 9am on Friday, the young girl was walking in the school grounds of her school on Young Street and she was approached by a man from behind.
The man spoke to the girl and touched her backpack. She became afraid and kicked him he then threatened her before he ran away.
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The girl went to her classroom and told the teacher.
Police were called and officers from Burwood Local Area Command attended.
An investigation was commenced and police would like to speak to anyone who may have witnessed the incident, or has information that may assist with their inquiries to contact Crime Stoppers or Burwood Police Station.
The man was described to officers as being of Caucasian appearance, aged between 22 and 25, about 175cm tall, muscular build and unshaven. At the time he was wearing a white t-shirt, denim top, a black hooded sweatshirt, black jeans and a black beanie with red dots near the ears.
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.