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Child approached in Kingswood

Police are appealing for information after a boy was approached at Kingswood on March 8.
Nanjing Night Net

At about 8am on March 8, a 12-year-old boy was riding a scooter along Second Avenue when a vehicle – described as a dark-coloured “postal” style van – slowed down next to him near a church.

Police were told a man got out of the van, took hold of the boy’s arm and attempted to pull him towards the vehicle.

The boy has managed to struggle free of the man and reported the incident when he got to school.

St Marys policespoke with the boy and patrols were made of the area but officers were unable to locate the man or the van.

An investigation is underway and police would like to speak with a man who may be able to assist with inquiries.

He is described as being of Caucasian appearance, about 183cm tall with a large build and dark-coloured shaved hair and a long dark-coloured beard.

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 these incidents to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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