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More children approached

  • More children approached

Police call for help as more children approached in Moama

Moama police are on high alert after a another child has been approached within a week.

About 8am on Tuesday 6 February 2018, two 12-year-old boys were walking along Perricoota Road when they were approached by a man driving a late-model silver Mazda BT-50 single-cab ute, pictured, with a rear tray and a tarp or tonneau.

Police were told the man had driven past the boys three times before he stopped and asked if they wanted a lift.

He repeatedly asked the boys three to four times, before doing a U-turn and parking on the other side of the road. The man called out again to the boys before driving out of town in a westerly direction.

The boys reported the incident to teachers at their school who in turn contacted police.

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It comes after a 10-year-old boy was approached on his way home from school on Friday afternoon.

In both incidents, the man was described as being about 40 to 60 years old with a tanned complexion. He was bald and had rotten teeth with some missing and had no facial hair.

In the latest incident, the man was described as wearing a blue long-sleeved shirt and was scruffy in appearance.

Police are appealing for anyone with information to contact Deniliquin police or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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 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 social media pages.