Robbi Gosper, from Pearces Creek, asks the question: ?If we can?t protect our children, what do we have??
Robbi Gosper, from Pearces Creek, asks the question: ?If we can?t protect our children, what do we have??

Kyogle hunt for suspect

By ZOE SATHERLEY

DETECTIVES and target action group police were out in force in Kyogle yesterday, canvassing the town for clues to Tuesday's attempted abduction of an 11-year-old girl.

Yesterday there was widespread community concern over the shock attack, the fifth similar incident on the Northern Rivers in three months.

Crime manager for the Richmond Local Area Command, Detective Inspector Steve Clarke, said all available police had been placed on the serious case. He urged any witnesses to the incident to come forward.

The man police are seeking in relation to the incident is described as caucasian, 50plus, plumpish, with grey receding hair.

He was wearing a red T-shirt and glasses at the time of the attack.

A Comfit identification picture may not be released, Det Insp Clarke said, because of the young age of the child.

The man allegedly tried to pull the young girl off her bike as she rode to St Brigid's Primary School at 8.20am on Tuesday.

The girl argued with her attacker, who told her he had her mother's permission to take her with him.

She punched him in the arm before regaining her balance, getting back on her bike and speeding off to school where she raised the alarm.

Her parents, Richard and Jo-Anne Goodwin, praised their daughter's courage and cool thinking in escaping her attacker.

They said they were shocked by the incident which happened in broad daylight at peak hour on busy Summerland Way near the town centre.

Also shocked were com- munity members, like expreschool teacher Robbi Gosper, of Pearces Creek.

"This is horrendous," she said. "These are our community's children and it is a sad day when we can't ensure their safety doing something simple like riding to school. We need to upgrade our Safety House and Neighbourhood Watch programs."



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