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Police release image after child approached - Darling Harbour

Wednesday, 07 June 2017 02:56:03 PM

Police have released an image of a man they would like to speak to after a child was approached at Darling Harbour yesterday.

About 12.45pm (Tuesday 6 June 2017), a man was at Tumbalong Park watching his 19-month-old son play in the playground.

Investigators have been told an unknown man approached the toddler and appeared to try to pick him up, before the boy’s father intervened.

The man then left the area in the company of two younger men.

The child’s father then reported the matter to police, who began an investigation.

As part of that investigation, detectives have released an image of a man they’d like to speak with.

The depicted man is described as being of Middle Eastern/Mediterranean appearance, about 65-years-old, of average height and build, with a grey beard and balding grey hair. He is shown wearing a grey and black striped jumper, dark pants and joggers.

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, police would like to take the opportunity to remind 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.