Police are appealing for information and have released an image, after reports a boy was stalked and filmed in Penrith yesterday, NSW Police say.
Yesterday afternoon yesterday, a 10-year-old boy was at a shopping centre on High Street, when he entered male toilets on level one near a food court.
Police have been told a man approached the boy and began filming him. The boy left the toilets and told his mother.
As the boy and his mother were standing at the food court, the same man was seen filming the boy again.
The boy’s mother contacted centre management, who contacted police.
Officers attached to Penrith Local Area Command attended and commenced an investigation.
As inquiries continue, police have released an image of a man they would like to speak to, who may be able to assist them.
The man is depicted in the image as being of Caucasian appearance, about 18-20 years old, of medium build, with short brown hair and wearing a black hooded-jacket with white and red horizontal stripes.
Anyone with information or who may have witnessed the incident is urged to come forward and contact local police via Crime Stoppers.
Police are urging anyone with information in relation to this incident to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page: https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au/ Information you provide will be treated in the strictest of confidence. We remind people they should not report crime information via our Facebook and Twitter pages.
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.