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Child approach - Mittagong

Monday, 10 April 2017 05:56:03 PM

Police are seeking public assistance after a child approach in the Southern Highlands on the weekend.

About 10.30am on Saturday 8 April 2017, a 10-year-old girl was at a post office on Main Street, Mittagong, when she was approached by an unknown man.

Police have been told the man spoke to her before she ran away.

Officers from The Hume Local Area Command were notified yesterday (Sunday 9 April 2017), and commenced an investigation.

As part of their inquiries, they would like to speak to a man who may be able to assist them.

He is described as being aged between 60 and 70, with short grey hair. He was last seen wearing a grey t-shirt.

Anyone with information about the incident is urged to come forward and contact Goulburn 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 Facebook and Twitter pages.