POLICE are investigating after a teenage girl was reportedly approached and taunted by a man in North Parramatta on Thursday.
It’s alleged the 14-year-old was approached by the man, described as being of Asian appearance in his late 20s or early 30s, after getting off a bus with her sister and two friends on Victoria Rd near the intersection of Rippon Ave shortly after 3.30pm.
The man allegedly spoke to her, before blocking her path a number of times as she tried to walk away.
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The man reportedly became distracted and turned away, when the group of girls left the scene and alerted their parents.
Police were called however officers were unable to locate the man who was last seen walking on Victoria Rd, back towards the intersection of Rippon Avenue.
Described as being short, with a slim build and long black hair, he was wearing dark baggy clothing, with a white shirt underneath a jacket and was carrying a black backpack with white writing on the front.
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.