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Girl approached - Oberon

Wednesday, 01 March 2017 08:46:47 AM

Police are appealing for information after a young girl was approached in Oberon yesterday.

Just before 9am (Tuesday 28 February 2017), a 10-year-old girl was walking to school on Tasman Street. Police were told a man got out of a white van and pointed at her.

The girl ran from the scene and later reported the incident to a teacher at her school, who contacted police.

Officers from Chifley Local Area Command are investigating the incident and would like to speak with a man who may be able to assist with inquiries.

He is described of being Caucasian appearance, tall with a skinny build, and aged in his 40s, with short greying brown hair, and was wearing a blue t-shirt and black jeans at the time.

The van is only described as white in colour with a numberplate containing the numeral 1 and the letter D.

Anyone with information about the incident is urged to come forward and contact Bathurst Police or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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.

Police are urging anyone with information in relation to this incident to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page: https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au/ Information you provide will be treated in the strictest of confidence. We remind people they should not report crime information via our social media pages.