Constable Nadia Palmer, of Lismore, on one of the increased surveillance patrols of Lismore schools.
Constable Nadia Palmer, of Lismore, on one of the increased surveillance patrols of Lismore schools.

Police alert over school prowler

By Charles Wood

POLICE ARE warning students and parents to be on the lookout for a vehicle reportedly lurking around schools in the Lismore area.

The first reports of a man in a small white car acting suspiciously around Lismore High School were made on September 4 and police school liaison officers were immediately called in to begin investigations.

At one school the man was reportedly seen using a camera. Regular patrols at schools have been stepped up and police are treating the matter seriously. They're advising people to report anything suspicious to police, but not to approach the vehicle or the person if sighted.

The reports of the man prompted Wyrallah Road School principal Ralph Taylor to issue a letter on Tuesday alerting parents of the potential danger and the ongoing need for safe practice.

The letter was the first public warning about the man and it has prompted calls to The Northern Star from concerned parents of students at other schools in Lismore.

Police spokesman Michael Hogan commended Mr Taylor for responding to parents.

Sen Const Hogan also reinforced the need for parents to advise their children not to stray from their normal travel routines to and from school.

Sen Const Hogan said other schools were aware of the situation and had been advised to remain vigilant, but apart from Wyrallah Road, none had issued stranger danger warning letters.

Police advise parents to report anyone seen lurking around school grounds to Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000.



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