John Gass

Call for witnesses after child approached

POLICE have called for help tracking down a man who tried to lure an 11-year-old girl into his car near Iluka.

The man, aged in his 40s and driving a white vehicle, reportedly pulled up next to the girl while she waited for the school bus near shops on Iluka Rd about 8.15am yesterday.

He tried to entice her into the vehicle, but the girl refused and the man drove away. She told a teacher about the incident when she reached school.

Police have called for anyone who saw a man or a suspicious white vehicle yesterday morning to phone Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or report it on the Crime Stoppers website. People should not report information to police via Facebook or Twitter.


Safety tips for children:

  • 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.

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