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Teenager approached – Singleton

Police are appealing for information after a teenager was approached by a man in Singleton yesterday.

About 6pm yesterday (Tuesday 7 February 2017), a 16-year-old girl was walking on Bourke Street when a car pulled up alongside her.

Police were told the man ordered the girl to get into the car, then followed her for about 50m before driving off.

Police from Hunter Valley Local Area Command were notified and commenced investigations.

The vehicle is described as a silver-coloured cargo-style van.

Anyone with information to assist police should call Crime Stoppers.

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 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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