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Child approached

Police are appealing for information after a girl was approached at Kurri Kurri yesterday.

About 1.50pm (Tuesday 2 August 2016), a 16-year-old girl was walking along Greta Street when she noticed she was being followed by a car.

Police were told the vehicle – a gold or silver coloured “EF” model Ford Falcon with yellow and black number plates – came alongside her.

Five males in the car, described as wearing hooded jumpers, called out to her in an intimidating manner.

The girl called out to a witness walking ahead of her who came to her assistance, before the car drove off.

Police from Central Hunter Local Area Command were notified of the incident and patrolled for the men and the car without success.

They are now appealing for anyone with information about the incident to come forward and contact Cessnock Police 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.

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