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Attempted child abduction - Leichhardt

Wednesday, 31 May 2017 01:10:25 PM

Police are investigating an attempted child abduction in Sydney’s inner-west.

About 5pm yesterday (Tuesday 30 May 2017), a 3-year-old girl was playing in Pioneers Memorial Park on Norton Street, Leichhardt. The girl’s mother was standing nearby.

A man approached the girl and spoke to her, before taking her by the hand and walking away with her.

The girl’s mother yelled out, ran towards the man and retrieved her daughter. The man walked away in an unknown direction.

The man is described as being of Indian appearance, about 170cm tall, with a thin build, with short black hair and no facial hair. He was wearing a red t-shirt, black tracksuit pants and white shoes.

Anyone who witnessed the incident, or who may have further information, is urged to contact Leichhardt Police or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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.

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.