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Child approach - Northern Beaches

Thursday, 23 February 2017 12:25:56 PM

Detectives are appealing to the public for information following a child approach on the Northern Beaches yesterday.

About 6pm (Wednesday 22 February 2017), a 14-year-old girl was walking on Flers Street, Allambie Heights, when the driver and sole occupant of an older-model blue sedan, stopped and made an inappropriate comment to the girl.

The incident was reported to officers from Northern Beaches Local Area Command.

As inquiries continue, police would like to speak to a man who may be able to assist their investigations.

The man is described as being in his late 50s, of a medium build, with an olive complexion, short grey hair and grey facial stubble. He was last seen wearing a white shirt and black sunglasses.

Police urge anyone with information or anyone who witnessed anything suspicious to come forward and contact Crime Stoppers 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 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.