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Children approached - Blacksmiths near Swansea

Thursday, 06 July 2017 12:48:46 AM

Police are seeking public assistance after two children were approached in Blacksmiths coastal suburb of Lake Macquarie yesterday.

About 5.30pm (Wednesday 5 July 2017), while a five-year-old girl and a 14-year-old boy were playing near a boat ramp on Ungala Street, Blacksmiths, an unknown man got out of a silver coloured 1995 Holden Commodore station wagon (bearing South Australian plates) and began speaking to the children.

The children didn’t engage with the man and walked away.

Officers from Lake Macquarie Local Area Command were notified and commenced investigations.

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 in his 50s, approximately 175cm tall; thin build with an olive complexion, brown eyes and balding grey hair.

Anyone with information about the incident is urged to come forward and contact Belmont 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: 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.