Police are appealing for information after a boy was approached in Sydney’s west.
About 6pm on Sunday 4 February 2018, a 12-year-old boy was at Morgan Power Park, Kings Langley when he was approached by a man.
The man sat down next to him and tried to engage him in conversation.
The boy felt uncomfortable and moved to another seat. The man followed and sat next to the him again and took a photograph of him.
When the boy tried to leave he was grabbed on the arm by the man. The boy kicked the man in the shin and ran off. The man then walked off in the opposite direction.
The boy returned home and informed his father of the incident, who then contacted police.
Following investigations, officers would like to speak with a man who may be able to assist with inquiries.
He is described as being of Indian/Sub-Continental appearance and aged about 70-years-old. The man was last seen wearing reading glasses, a dark blue jumper and dark red jeans.
Anyone with information is urged to contact Quakers Hill 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 social media pages.
Source: NSW Police