Man charged over alleged child approaches - Coffs/Clarence

Tuesday, 09 April 2024 11:13:53 AM

A man has appeared in court today charged following an investigation into an alleged child approaches on the Mid North Coast last week.

About 4pm on Thursday 4 April 2024, two girls, aged 10, were leaving a shop on Lawson Street, Red Rock, when a man allegedly gestured at them to approach him.

The girls ignored the man and walked away.

About 4.45pm, a 9-year-old girl and 7-year-old boy were walking along Park Street, when a man pulled up in a vehicle and spoke to them.

The pair ran away before the man allegedly approached and spoke to them again, before they ran off.

About 5.15pm, the same man was allegedly seen hiding in bushland at Little Beach and police were notified.

Officers from Coffs/Clarence attended and commenced inquiries into the incidents.

Following inquiries and a public appeal, investigators arrested a 30-year-old man after he attended Coffs Harbour Police Station about 6pm yesterday (Monday 8 April 2024.

He was charged with three counts of stalk/intimidate intend fear physical etc harm (personal) and drive motor vehicle during disqualification period.

The man appeared before Coffs Harbour Local Court today (Tuesday 9 April 20240, where he was granted conditional bail to appear before the same court on Wednesday 24 April 2024.