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Children approached - Georgetown near Newcastle

Sunday, 16 July 2017 01:30:13 PM

Police are seeking public assistance after three children were approached in Georgetown near Newcastle late yesterday.

About 6.15pm (Saturday 16 July 2017), two girls aged 16 and 14, and a boy aged 13, were riding their bikes east along Christo Road when they noticed a man walking.

The man spoke to the two girls and the three rode on. A short time later one of the children stopped to tie a shoelace and noticed the same man running towards her.

She managed to ride away from the man and he was last seen walking north along Cowper Street.

The children returned home and police 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 20s, Caucasian appearance, approximately 180cm tall and clean shaven. He was wearing dark pants and a blue hooded jacket.

Anyone with information about the incident is urged to come forward and contact Newcastle Police Station 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.