Child Approached – Penshurst West

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Police are appealing for witnesses following a boy being approached at Penshurst West last week.

About 10.30am (Friday 22 June 2015), a 5-year-old boy was in the playground of a school on Forest Road, Mortdale, when a man on the school grounds spoke to him.

The boy became afraid and walked back to his classroom telling his teacher.

The man left the school grounds and got into a black or white car.

Police were called and officers from St George Local Area Command attended commencing an investigation. Patrols were conducted however the man could not be located.

He was described as being African in appearance, wearing a black jacket, black pants and carrying a black backpack.

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 our Facebook and Twitter pages.

Information you provide will be treated in the strictest of confidence. We remind people they should not report crime information via our Facebook and 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.