Child abduction warning
THE attempted abduction of a young girl at Ocean Shores on Wednesday has triggered a police warning about child safety.
The 11 year-old told police she was walking in Shara Boulevard when she was approached by a man described as being of caucasian appearance, in his late 40's or early 50's, unshaven and wearing a black T-Shirt.
He was reported to be driving a white van that had a sliding door on the passenger's side with a curtained window.
The girl told police that when the man opened the sliding door of the van and spoke to her she ran to a nearby school and reported the incident to staff.
Anybody who may have information or witnessed the incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
Police again encourage parents to reinforce the 'Safe People, Safe Places' messages with their children, including:
• Walk near busier roads and streets, or use paths where there are lots of other people
• 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
• 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 and
• If you are scared, call 000 and tell them you are scared