Child approached in Roselands

Police are appealing for information after a girl was approached at Roselands earlier in the week, NSW Police say.

About 2pm (15 August 2016), a 16-year-old girl was walking with her cousin along Chapel Street, Roselands, where she was approached by a man in a black sedan.

Police were told the man spoke to the girl, and followed her in his car for a short distance. The girl continued walking and later told her mother.

The man was last seen in his vehicle at the intersection of Chapel and Leslie Streets, Roselands.

The incident was later reported to police.

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

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

He is described as being of Mediterranean/ Middle Eastern appearance, with short hair and no facial hair. He was last seen wearing a light coloured cardigan.

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 this incident to call Crime Stopers.

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