Child approach – Waterloo

Police are appealing for information after a child was approached in Waterloo.

About 11.15am on Thursday 1 February 2018, an 11-year-old girl was in a library at Waterloo, when she was approached by an unknown man.

The man introduced himself and had a conversation with the girl, making her feel uncomfortable.

The girl sought assistance from another woman, who notified library staff and contacted police.

Officers attached to Redfern Local Area Command attended and began searching for the man.

As part of their inquiries, police would like to speak to a man who may be able to assist police.

He is described as being of Caucasian appearance, aged in his 30s, of slim build, and about 183cm tall.

He has a crew cut with brown coloured hair and was last seen wearing a red polo shirt with grey or denim shorts.

Anyone who was in the area at the time of the incident and noticed something suspicious, recognises the description of the man, or who has information that may assist detectives with their inquiries is urged to contact 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:

Information you provide will be treated in the strictest of confidence. We remind people they should not report crime information via social media pages.

Source: NSW Police

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