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Child approached - Muswellbrook

Wednesday, 01 March 2017 01:10:56 PM

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

A seven-year-old girl was walking home from school on Scott Street about 3.45pm (Tuesday 28 February 2017), when a man in a red hatchback pulled up alongside her.

Police were told the man spoke to the girl and tried to entice her into the car. The girl refused, ran from the scene and later reported the incident to her parents, who then contacted police.

Officers from Hunter Valley 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 as being of Caucasian appearance, approximately 20 to 30 years old, with light-blue eyes and brown hair. He was wearing a red striped shirt at the time.

The car is only described as small red-coloured hatchback with scratches on the rear driver’s side panel and mirror.

Anyone with information about the incident is urged to come forward and contact Muswellbrook 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.