Child abduction email false
DON'T believe everything you read online.
That is the message from police after an email circulating the inboxes of residents in the region this week, warning of two alleged attempted child abductions in Yeppoon, had been confirmed as false.
The email spread like wildfire and moved on to Facebook, causing fear among coast parents.
However, Rockhampton District Inspector Mike Curtain said the email had “very little credence” and that there were no reported attempted child abductions.
Insp Curtain said the incidents alleged in the email were related to the activities of people in suspect vehicles, which were reported to police over the last several weeks.
“We investigated both incidents and as a result of the investigations, the actions of the persons were clarified with police,” he said.
“As a result of police enquiries, both incidents did not relate to attempted abductions, as alleged in the email.”
Insp Curtain said the incidents did involve children, and confirmed there was no link between the two.
He said no one was charged.
The email sender stated she wanted to bring the alleged incidents to “every mum's attention in Yeppoon”.
The email alleged the first attempt happened to a 13-year-old girl, and more recently, to a five-year-old boy in the Yeppoon CBD.
“I obviously don't want people to become paranoid, but I think we need to be aware, alert and teach our children a little more about what to do in a situation such as this.”
Insp Curtain said while the incidents did not extend to attempted abductions, he encouraged the public to report any activities involving suspicious people and vehicles.
“The community needs to be aware that we can be exposed to these types of incidents and when police are contacted we will do our best to investigate thoroughly.”
Meanwhile in Sarina, three Facebook tribute pages were started on Wednesday night in honour of 14-year-old student Caleb Woodland who was riding a bike when he collided with a truck and suffered serious head, chest and abdominal injuries on Wednesday morning.
However, the teenager did not die in the incident, and was yesterday still in a critical condition in the Townsville Hospital.
Think before you post – expect that people other than friends can see the information
Never click on suspicious links – even from friends
Be wary of strangers – people are not always who they say they are.
Be very suspicious of emails from people you don’t know, and strange websites
Report inappropriate, harmful or criminal activities online to http://www.thinkuknow.org.au