Child approached, NSW

Police are appealing for information after a girl was approached at Fairfield West yesterday, NSW Police say.

About 7.30am yesterday, a 13-year-old girl was sitting at a fast food restaurant inside a shopping centre on Hamilton Road.

Police were told a man inside the restaurant got up from his seat, sat down next to her and attempted to touch her.

The girl then stood up and walked away from the man into another restaurant and advised staff of the incident.

Police from Fairfield Local Area Command were later 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 Caucasian appearance, about 50 to 60 years old, 170-180cm tall with a large build and appeared cross-eyed. He was last seen wearing a grey hooded top and dark tracksuit pants with white stripes on the side.

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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