Possible abduction attempt on girl

POLICE are looking for two people who tried to lure a young girl into a car with lollies.

At about 6.30pm on Friday an 11-year-old girl was riding her pushbike on the footpath in River St, Ballina when a silver sedan with red P-plates drove onto the footpath and stopped next to her.

The girl did not know the man driving the car or woman sitting in the passenger seat.

The woman proceeded to offer the girl lollies and ask the girl to get into the car.

However, the child declined and rode away on her bicycle.

The man was described as Caucasian, 20 years old with short brown hair and the woman was Caucasian, 18 years old, with long brown hair and wearing a green T-shirt.

The incident was a reminder of the numerous attempted child abductions in Ballina, Kingscliff and Coffs Harbour late last year.

Sergeant Robert Hindell said it was unlikely the incidents from last year and Friday night were linked.

The incident has prompted police to urge parents to instil the Safe People, Safe Places message in their children.

The state-wide message encourages children to tell their parents or another adult where they will be at all times, always walk straight to and from destinations, know where safe places are - shops, service stations, schools and libraries - and never get into a vehicle with someone they do not know.

Police are investigating the Ballina incident but urged anyone who may have seen the vehicle's number plate, the incident take place or with any other information to contact Ballina Police Station on 6681 8699 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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