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Detectives appeal for information following reports of an attempted abduction at Narara

Monday, 05 June 2017 12:32:16 PM

Detectives investigating the sexual assault of a child last month are also investigating reports a man attempted to abduct a young woman on the Central Coast at the weekend.

Strike Force Garawan was established by detectives from the State Crime Command’s Sex Crimes Squad, and assisted by Brisbane Water Local Area Command and the Child Abuse Squad, to investigate the sexual and indecent assault of a 12-year-old girl at Narara on Monday 15 May 2017.

Local police contacted Strike Force Garawan investigators to assist after an 18-year-old woman reported a man attempted to abduct her near Narara Railway Station yesterday (Sunday 4 June 2017).

Police have been told the woman got off a train just before 4.30pm and walked along Narara Valley Drive and into the laneway leading to Koninderie Parade, when she was approached from behind by an unknown man who grabbed her around the neck.

The woman told police she kicked back at the man, breaking free from his grip, and ran toward Koninderie Parade calling out for help. She contacted Triple Zero after seeing the man walk away toward Narara Valley Drive.

Police attended the location and established a crime scene, which was examined by specialist forensic officers.

As investigation continue, strike force detectives are appealing to the community for assistance in identifying a man they believe can assist with their inquiries.

The man is described as being aged in his mid-20s, about 175cm tall, with a chubby build, ginger/blond hair, and blue eyes.

At the time, he was wearing a grey hooded jumper, long camouflage pants, and heavy black boots. He also had a loose covering over his face that exposed his eyes and nose.

Based on the information at hand, investigators believe the incident is linked to the assault last month.

Police are urging the local community to be vigilant with their safety, and encourage parents to talk to their children about ‘Safe People, Safe Places’.

* 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 – police station, a shop, service 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 Triple Zero (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.

Some additional safety tips for any member of the community include:

* Never give out personal details about yourself to someone you don’t know, like your address or phone number, whether it is in person, on the phone or on the internet.

* Don’t let anyone see if you have money or a wallet/purse – keep them in your pocket or bag.

* If any person ever hurts you or makes you feel scared, tell someone straight away.

* If a friend is hurt or frightened, get them help immediately.

* If on a train, look for the guard’s compartment identified by a blue light and travel there. If on a bus, sit up the front near the driver if possible.

* If you travel somewhere with other people, make sure you never leave them.

* Always walk away from fights or arguments and other unpleasant behaviour and take your friends with you.

Most importantly, remember the police will never be cranky with you if you are scared. You won’t get into trouble if you ask them to help you.

Police are urging anyone with information that may assist Strike Force Garwan investigators 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.