Girl, 8, approached by man at Byron Bay

POLICE are appealing for information after a girl was allegedly approached by a man at Byron Bay earlier this week.

Mid-morning on Tuesday a seven-year-old boy and an eight-year-old girl were standing outside a store on Centennial Circuit when they became suspicious of a man, police said.

When the boy ran to find his mother, the man then allegedly approached the girl and asked her if she wanted to get into her car.

She ran off and informed an adult about the incident, police have said, before the incident was reported to police on Thursday.

Police are now looking for the man who has been described as being 40-50 years old with a dark complexion and black hair. He was wearing a black top and jeans.

Anyone with information about this incident should call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page:

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Child safety

Meanwhile, the incident has again prompted police to encourage parents to discuss the 'Safe People, Safe Places' messages with their children, including;

  •  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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