Children approached in Randwick

Police are appealing for public assistance following reports of a child approach and obscene exposure incident at Randwick yesterday, NSW Police say.

About 1.50pm today, a man was riding an electric scooter past a school on The Avenue, Randwick.

Police were told the man crossed the road and approached two girls aged 7 and 8, who were playing behind a fence inside the school grounds.

While on the footpath, the man exposed himself to the girls before crossing back across the road.

A short time later the man rode back across the road and exposed himself again to the girls.

He was last seen riding towards the Randwick shops along The Avenue.

Officers attached to Eastern Beaches Local Area Command were alerted and commenced an investigation.

As inquiries continue, police would like to speak to a man who may be able to assist them.

The man is described as having a dark complexion with dark hair, about 25 to 30-years-old, about 165-175 cm tall with a skinny to medium build.

He was last seen wearing labourer style clothing being an orange high-visibility shirt with a dark stripe around the torso, dark sleeves and dark pants and was riding a black and silver electric scooter with thick tyres.

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 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.

/Public Release.