Two girls approached at Laurieton

Police are appealing for information after two children were approached by a man while walking in Laurieton.

Two girls were walking along Kew Road at about 6pm on Tuesday when they saw a car parked adjacent to a block of units.

A man sitting inside the driver’s seat of the vehicle called out to one of the girls, a 16-year-old, offering her an amount of cash to get into his car.

When she declined, he drove off in an unknown direction.

The vehicle was described to police as a small dark coloured hatchback bearing a red coloured P plate.

The man was described as being of Caucasian appearance, in his late twenties, unshaven with short brown spiky hair and wearing a t-shirt.

Police from Mid North Coast Local Area Command were alerted to the incident and immediately commenced an investigation.

Anyone with information about this incident should contact Port Macquarie Detectives via Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page:https://www1.police.nsw.gov.au/

Any information provided will be treated in the strictest of confidence.

People should not report crime information via the NSW Police Facebook or 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 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.

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