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Girl kidnapped from Gwynneville

DETECTIVES from the Child Abuse Squad are appealing for public assistance after receiving a report of the kidnapping and sexual assault of a teenage girl at Gwynneville.

The 13-year-old girl told police on Wednesday that on an afternoon in early May she had got off a shuttle bus when was forced into a van while walking along Gipps Road, Gwynneville, near the intersection of Eastern Street. At the time she was wearing her school sports uniform and carrying her backpack.

The girl further reported that she was driven to a secluded location where she was sexually assaulted. The van was then driven to the vicinity of Robsons Road where she was allowed to leave the vehicle.

Detectives from the Child Abuse Squad’s Wollongong team have formed Strike Force Eltanin to investigate the incident and are appealing for anyone with information to assist them to come forward.

The van was described as being white in colour with black writing on the side, no windows on the side or back, tinted front windows and a sliding side door.

The driver was described as being of Caucasian appearance with tanned skin, aged in his mid 30s, with a medium build, short dark cropped hair and a small goatee. He was wearing an olive green T-shirt and dark denim jeans.

Anyone with information to assist police should call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

About Mick Roberts

A newspaper journalist, writer and local historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of pubs, inns and associated industries in the Sydney and Illawarra regions of NSW for over 30 years. He is currently working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides authoring a number of history books, Mick has owned and operated several community newspapers. He was one time editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limted), Sydney based, City News, and is now with Torch Publications.

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