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Children approached – Kelso, near Bathurst

Thursday, 17 December 2015 12:31:22 AM

Police are investigating two separate but related child approaches at Bathurst this month.

About 12.30pm on Monday 7 December 2015, a teenage boy was walking along Laffing Waters Lane in Kelso. Police have been told a man in an older model white coloured sedan approached the boy and asked if he wanted a lift. The boy declined and the car drove off.

About 11am on Sunday 13 December 2015, two 11-year-old boys were walking along Marsden Street in Kelso when a white coloured Toyota Camry pulled up alongside them. The man driving the Toyota asked if they wanted a lift and the car drove off when the children declined.

Both incidents were reported to police after the children returned home and informed their parents.

Officers from Chifley Local Area Command are investigating the two incidents and would like to speak with a man who may be able to assist with inquiries.

The man is only described as being “old” and he was last seen driving an older model white coloured Toyota Camry sedan.

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 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.

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