Child approach - Central West

Thursday, 06 April 2017 10:28:33 PM

Police investigating a reported child approach in the Central West are appealing for public assistance.

About 8am yesterday (Wednesday 5 April 2017), two girls aged 12 and 15 were waiting at a bus stop on Caroline Avenue, Bowenfalls, on the outskirts of Lithgow, with a number of younger children.

The girls have told police a van drove past several times, pulling up until other cars drove down the street. On one of those occasions, the driver opened the door and gestured for the girls to approach him.

As the bus arrived the van was driven away. Officers from Chifley Local Area Command were notified and commenced inquiries.

As inquiries continue, police would like to speak to a man described as being aged in his 30s to 40s, and was possibly driving a white 1985 VW Kombi van with a silver bull bar, silver hub caps and red or pink curtains in the back window.

Anyone who can assist police should call Crime Stoppers.

Meanwhile, police are encouraging 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.