Reported child approach – Long Jetty

Police are investigating a reported child approach on the state’s Central Coast.

In the afternoon of Monday 6 May 2019, two children, aged seven and four, were playing at Foreshore Park, Long Jetty when police have been told a man approached the older boy before the child walked away.

Then around 1pm yesterday (Wednesday 8 May 2019), the same two children and their mother were again at Foreshore Park, when one of the children noticed the man nearby.

At some stage, he approached the children again before fleeing in a southerly direction on Tuggerah Parade, Long Jetty.

He is described as being aged in his 40-50s, of Caucasian appearance, with long, curly brown hair, 172cms tall, with a thin build and grey/brown stubble.

He was last seen wearing a black jumper with a blue/while shirt underneath, blue jeans and no shoes.

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 always.

– 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.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or Information is treated in strict confidence.

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