Vehicle sighted in abduction attempt

POLICE say they have been contacted by a number of people who believe they have sighted the car belonging to a man involved in an attempted child abduction at East Ballina on Monday.

At 4.40pm on Monday a 12-year-old boy was walking along Anderson St at East Ballina when a man in a car pulled up beside him and told the young boy to get in.

Richmond Local Area Command duty officer Acting Inspector Matt Kehoe said the boy yelled at the man before running away.

Since a description of the car involved was released through the media yesterday, Insp Kehoe said police had received a number of alleged sightings.

"We have had people contact us and we are currently following up those inquiries," he said.

"They (sightings) were within the Richmond command and mainly in and around the Lismore area."

The man is described as being approximately 60 years old with neat grey hair and an average build.

He was wearing a light-green-coloured mask that covered the lower part of his face and was driving a newer model black Ford Falcon station wagon with Queensland registration plates.

Insp Kehoe urged children not to walk to or from school alone.

"Our message is if children are walking to school if they can walk in groups, try and concentrate on the main roads and to be aware of safe places they can go to if they are approached," he said.

Insp Kehoe said police were treating this local incident as "genuine".

"We have spoken to the boy and the boy's family and our investigators believe his version is consistent," he said.

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