Doubts over child predator claim

POLICE now have strong doubts about the existence of a child predator in Coramba.

The Advocate last week ran articles, based on police information, that a man had tried to lure two boys into his car on separate occasions in the village on June 20 and 21.

The encounters were covered widely in the media and local schools reinforced their stranger danger message. In a new development yesterday, Coffs/Clarence crime manager, Detective Inspector Cameron Lindsay, said a father had come forward fitting the descriptions given to police by both boys. His car also fitted the vehicle descriptions they provided.

“There is doubt as to whether this person was a predator,” Det Lindsay said.

“We have now established there may be a perfectly legitimate and non-suspicious reason for the incidents that have been reported. It may be the case the children involved were confused.”

Det Lindsay said police were still waiting to interview another witness to confirm their doubts. That person is currently overseas.

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