Police on lookout after report of child approach

POLICE are appealing for witnesses after a boy and girl were approached in Toormina last night.

At about 7.15pm on Thursday, a 10-year-old girl and 8-year-old boy were playing near the footpath on Sawtell Rd.

The girl fell over and a silver/grey station wagon has stopped next to her.

A female passenger has spoken to the girl, both children have then moved away from the car, which drove away onto Hogbin Dr.

The children entered their house and told their father, who contacted police.

Officers from Coffs/Clarence Local Area Command attended and commenced an investigation.

The man was described to police as African in appearance, of a large build, with a moustache, and was wearing a yellow Hawaiian shirt. The woman was described as African in appearance, wearing a scarf, a green and brown top, earrings, and had a tongue piercing.

Investigators would like to speak to anyone who may have witnessed the incident or has any information that may assist them with their inquiries.

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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