Police attached to Central Hunter Local Area Command are investigating two separate incidents where children have been approached.
The first incident occurred just after 8.30am today (Tuesday 24 February, 2015), a 12-year-old girl was sitting on the eastern side of Metford Road near the intersection of Collinson Street at Tenambit.
A white van stopped in the middle of the road and the driver spoke to the girl before driving away.
The girl boarded her bus and informed her teachers at schools of the incident.
The van is described as being white with no windows, with long PVC pipes on the roof and black and white number plates. The driver is described as having a dark complexion, dark brown hair wearing a high visibility vest.
The second incident occurred about 3pm (Tuesday 24 February 2015), when a 10-year-old girl was walking home from her school towards her bus stop at the intersection of Elgin Street and Ken Tubman Drive at Maitland.
A car stopped near the girl and the driver asked her to get into the car. The girl ran back to school and informed her teachers.
The car is described as being a white station wagon and the driver is a male, aged in his 40s , Caucasian appearance, short hair with a beard and tattoos on his arm.
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.