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Child approach - Bondi Beach

Thursday, 30 March 2017 05:35:19 PM

Police investigating a reported child approach in Sydney’s east are appealing for public assistance.

About 5.15pm yesterday (Wednesday 29 March 2017), a six-year-old girl was on Warners Avenue, Bondi Beach, when she was approached by a man.

The girl’s mother quickly intervened and the pair left the scene. The mother contacted police from Eastern Suburbs Local Area Command who conducted patrols but could not find the man.

Police are now trying to identify a man they would like to speak to about the incident.

He is described as being of Caucasian appearance, aged in his late 30s or early 40s with a large build, balding fair hair and no facial hair.

At the time of the incident he was wearing a light-coloured shirt and shorts.

Anyone who can assist police should contact Waverley Police Station or Crime Stoppers.

Police 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 Facebook and Twitter pages.