Police debunk attempted child abduction at Cabarita
TWEED Police have debunked reports of an attempted child abduction at Cabarita on Friday night.
A warning posted to the Murwillumbah Buy Swap and Sell Facebook page at 9.09pm Friday night was shared by over 470 people, working many Tweed parents into a panic.
"Warning to all parents and kids in Cabarita and surrounding towns," a woman wrote.
"My son Jai just missed getting taken by (a) possible pedifile (sic), late 40s maybe older, thin white hair, was wearing red shorts.
"Just happened now please share...This has just happened to my friends son please be aware of this.
"Please share this man was hiding in a bush lucky my friends son was on a bike and got away."
The post even sparked talk of vigilante-based action.
"Let's get the c**t, a man posted.
"Hope this monster gets caught quick," a woman wrote.
Tweed Police Detective Inspector Brendon Cullen said there was no suggestion the man did anything wrong.
"The matter was reported to police a day after it happened," Insp Cullen said.
"Certainly it is alleged that the male approached the young people. "I can definitely say there is no suggestion the person is a pedophile and no evidence to suggest that this was an attempted child abduction."
But Insp Cullen said police wanted to talk with the man to clear up the situation.
"The male is described as Caucasian appearance, 40 years of age or older with short thinning grey hair," he said.
"The POI (person of interest) has a large pot belly and approximately 160 - 165cm tall. He was wearing a pair of red shorts.
"We would like to hear from anyone who may know this person as he may be able to assist with our enquiries."
Call Tweed Police on 07 5536 0999 or CrimeStoppers on 1800 333 000 if you have any information.