Police follow leads after Boambee child approach

A 12 year-old boy was able to give a description of a man from an alleged child approach incident in Boambee.

At about 7.45am on Thursday, the boy was waiting on a bus stop on Middle Boambee Rd when a white ute stopped in front of him.

The male driver asked for directions before repeatedly urging the boy to approach the vehicle but the boy ran away and alerted his grandparents.

Police were contacted and officers from Coffs/Clarence Local Area Command attended and conducted inquiries.
Detectives are appealing for public assistance in an attempt to identify and locate the man involved, in particular anyone who saw the ute, the male driver, or has information that can assist is urged to contact investigators.

The man is described as being aged in his 30s, with blue/hazel eyes, short blond hair and goatee, and was wearing a grey long-sleeved t-shirt. He was driving a white single-cab ute with a canopy, which had tinted windows.

Meanwhile, the incident has again prompted police to encourage parents to discuss the 'Safe People, Safe Places' messages with their children, including;

  • 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. Walk near busier roads and streets, or use paths where there are lots of other people.
  • Know where safe places are - a shop, service station, police station, library or school. If you are ever frightened, you should go to one of these places and ask them to call the police.
  • Learn about safe adults you can look for and talk to if you need help - police officers, teachers at school, adults you know and trust.
  • Don't talk to people you don't know and never get into a car with someone you don't know. If a car stops on the side of the road and you don't know the person inside, do not stop.
  • If you are scared and can use a phone, call 000 and tell them you are scared.
  • If someone tries to grab you, yell out, 'Go away, I don't know you'. This lets other people know you have been approached by someone you don't know.


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