Child approach in Prestons

Police are appealing for public assistance after a six-year-old boy was approached by a man in Sydney’s south west earlier this week, NSW Police say.

About 2pm (14 November 2016), a six-year-old boy was walking behind two classmates along Umbria Street, Prestons, when an unknown man called out to him. The child did not engage, and the man drove away in a black Ford.

Police from Liverpool Local Area Command were notified and commenced investigations.

Police would like to speak to a man who may be able to assist with inquiries.

He is described as being of Caucasian appearance, aged in his 40s, with spikey dark hair. He was last seen wearing a long-sleeved blue shirt and black trousers.

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.

Police are urging anyone with information in relation to this incident to call Crime Stoppers.

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