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Fears for Tweed children after approaches by strangers

Day for Daniel - Daniel Morcombe Foundation - Bruce Morcombe is the first to break through the new Day for Daniel banner.
Day for Daniel - Daniel Morcombe Foundation - Bruce Morcombe is the first to break through the new Day for Daniel banner. Valerie Horton

DANIEL Morcombe's disappearance in 2003 demonstrated the real risks children are exposed to when they go out on their own.

This week Daniel's fate received nationwide attention with the observance of a 'Day for Daniel', an event aimed at raising awareness and providing life skills which was established eight years ago by Denise and Bruce Morcombe following the abduction and murder of their 13 year old son.

Unfortunately, incidents of this type continue to occur and recently three unconfirmed cases of young children being approached by unidentified individuals were reported.

Uki's Lisa Lloyd said her son was approached some time ago by an unidentified man at a bus stop in Murwillumbah.

Ms Lloyd's son said although he didn't feel very threatened by the person, he did feel the need to tell his mother.

Ms Lloyd said her son wasn't the only child approached in recent weeks with two more children of a similar age reporting comparable incidents.

Tweed Heads Detective Saul Wiseman said the last official report he received was on the 1st of October when a young child was allegedly approached by a person driving a car at Tweed Centro.

Detective Wiseman said police had investigated the matter but without evidence, findings had been inconclusive.

"It's not unusual to get these reports, however, these cases aren't always connected with illegal activities.

"Sometimes we find these matters are about mistaken identities or involve misunderstandings," Detective Wiseman said.

Police would act depending on information received and were always aiming to raise awareness.

Topics:  child safety, daniel morcombe, strangers


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