Police seek info on girl approach

POLICE are appealing for public assistance after an 11 year-old girl was approached by a man at Bellingen on Tuesday afternoon.

At about 5pm, the girl was walking along William St when a blue station wagon drove past her.

Police have been told the car, which contained two men, conducted a u-turn and stopped next to the girl. One man exited the vehicle and chased the girl down the road where she was able to make her way home.

She informed her mother about the incident and police were subsequently contacted.

Despite patrols of the area police were unable to locate the station wagon or the two men.

The first man has been described as being aged in his 20s, 180cm tall with a medium build, light tanned complexion, light brown hair and wearing a green and white striped t-shirt, dark jeans and joggers.

The second man is described as being aged in his 30s, thin build with thick short dark brown hair and wearing a black t-shirt.

Meanwhile the car is described as being dark blue station wagon with grey bumpers and NSW number plates.

Anyone with information about this incident should call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page: https://www1.police.nsw.gov.au/. Information you provide will be treated in the strictest of confidence. We remind people they should not report crime information via our Facebook and Twitter pages.

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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