WORRIED PARENT: Allan Fredericks, of Goonellabah, says an abduction attempt was made on his two daughters as they waited at a
WORRIED PARENT: Allan Fredericks, of Goonellabah, says an abduction attempt was made on his two daughters as they waited at a

ANOTHER CHILD SNATCH ATTEMPT



A GOONELLABAH father is warning parents to be vigilant after revealing that a man tried to coerce his two young daughters into a car.

Allan Fredericks has come forward after reading in The Northern Star about the latest child abduction attempt, in Lismore last week.

Last week's incident at Wyrallah Road Public School follows a similar attempt at St Joseph's Catholic Primary School at Alstonville two weeks ago.

Police say they are treating the incidents as very important.

Mr Fredericks' daughters, aged 9 and 12, were approached by a man in a white hatchback as they waited for their school bus about 100 metres from their home just after 8am two weeks ago.

He says parents should immediately put in place measures to keep their children safe.

Police say they are treating the incidents as very important and will assign patrol cars to the area.

Mr Fredericks' daughters, aged 9 and 12, were approached by a man in a white hatchback as they waited for their school bus about 100 metres from their home just after 8am two weeks ago.

The man drove back and forth watching the girls. Worried, the girls tried to cross the road to get to the safety of a friend's home. The man drove his car between them, wound down the window and told the eldest girl: "Come on, sweetheart, get in. I'll take you and your sister to school today."

"The mother of their friend by this time was coming out her door and the man saw her and drove off quickly," Mr Fredericks said.

The girls described the an as having very short hair, as if it had just been shaved, in his mid to late 40s with a moustache and wearing a navy blue singlet.

Police this week called for information on attempted child abductions following an incident on Wyrallah Road where a 10-year-old was urged to get into a car with strangers.

At least two schools in the region have sent written warnings to parents about suspicious people approach- ing children.

Mr Fredericks, a radiographer who has lived in Goonellabah for 15 years, believes parents need to be aware and to take actions to keep their children safe.

If anyone has information about any attempted abductions, they should contact police on 66231599 or Crime Stoppers on 1800333000.

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