Police investigate after girl approached at Tweed school
POLICE are investigating after a girl was approached within school grounds at Tweed Heads yesterday.
Police were alerted after a nine-year-old girl was approached by an unknown man as she was running around an oval inside the Stuart St school grounds about 9am on Tuesday.
It is alleged the man, who had parked his vehicle outside the school’s fence, tried to speak to the girl, who responded and ran away.
Tweed/Byron LAC police were alerted and are urging anyone with information about the incident to come forward.
The man is described as being of large build, with short grey hair, a tanned complexion and facial hair.
Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
Police encouraged parents to discuss the ‘Safe People, Safe Places’ messages with their children. These include:
- Avoid walking on your own and instead walk with other family members, friends or an adult they know when going to and from school;
- Walk near busier roads and streets, or use paths where there are lots of other people;
- 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;
- 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; and
- If you are scared and can use a phone, call 000 and tell them you are scared.