Man tried to lure children
POLICE have released a COM-FIT of a man they want to speak to following suspicious approaches to children at Coffs Harbour and Kingscliff at the weekend.
The first incident occurred on Saturday afternoon, October 8.
Two boys, aged 7 and 15, were riding a scooter and skateboard in Robin St, Coffs Harbour, when an old green sedan stopped.
A male attempted to lure them into the vehicle and when the younger child approached the car, the teenager held him back.
The car then drove away.
The second incident occurred at Kingscliff about 6.30pm last Sunday.
A 10-year-old girl was outside her grandmother's unit complex in Moss St when she saw a vehicle stopped nearby.
A man then spoke to the child and attempted to lure her into the vehicle.
The young girl became concerned and ran back into the block of units, reporting the incident to her mother.
The girl has provided investigators with a description of a man who may be able to assist with inquiries.
He's described as being of Mediterranean/Middle Eastern appearance, about 40 years old, overweight, with a large pointy nose, and short grey hair parted to the side.
He spoke with an Australian accent.
The man was last seen wearing black-framed glasses with thick lenses and a thick blue sweater.
That description has been used to create a COM-FIT which police hope may help identify him.
The car the man was driving has been described as a green Jaguar sedan, or similar, with maps and papers strewn around the vehicle.
There was damage to the driver's front door and the boot of the vehicle was open but tied down.
Police say the incidents at Coffs Harbour and Kingscliff may be linked and are appealing for anyone who knows the identity of the man or has any other information to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
Detectives also say the person they want to speak to could still be in NSW or may have travelled to Queensland, which is just north of Kingscliff.
Meanwhile, the Commander of the Sex Crimes Squad, Detective Superintendent John Kerlatec, has urged parents to reinforce the 'Safe People, Safe Places' messages with their children, including the following safety tips:
- Avoid walking on your own and instead walk with other family members, friends or an adult you know;
- Walk near busier roads and streets, or use paths where there are lots of other people;
- Make sure your parents or another adult you know knows where you are at all times;
- Always walk straight home or to the place you are walking to;
- Know where safe places are.