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Police release image of botanic garden abduction suspect

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WOLLONGONG detectives have released this identikit image of a man that they believe may be able to assist them with their investigation into an attempted abduction at the Wollongong Botanical Gardens on Monday October 1.

About 12.20pm on Monday, a nine-year-old boy was at the Wollongong Botanical Gardens on Murphy Avenue Keiraville with his family.

A short time later, he walked away from his mother with a six-year-old boy to look around the gardens.

A man approached the children and commenced speaking with them; however, they walked away.

A short time later, the man again approached the two children within a wooded area at the gardens. He grabbed the older boy around the waist and placed his hand over his mouth.

The younger boy ran for help whilst the victim struggled with the man.

The boy managed to break free and the man ran away.

He has been described as being around 40 years of age, 168cm tall with a medium build and short grey hair.

If you can identify this person call 42267759 or 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 Limited), Sydney based, City News, and is now with Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW.

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