News, Police Rounds

Man wanted for indecent exposure at Woonona

POLICE are appealing for information after a report of a man indecently exposing himself to three girls at Woonona on Sunday.

About 4.30pm, a 10-year-old girl, an 11-year-old girl and her 15 month old sister, were riding their bikes on a path behind Thomas Collaery Place.

A man walking towards the girls allegedly exposed himself to the children.

The three girls returned home and told a parent, who notified police of the incident.

Wollongong police attended and searched the area but were unable to locate the man.

Police are now looking for a man who has been described as Caucasian in appearance, aged in his mid 20s, tanned, clean shaven with dark, short hair, approximately 170-180cm tall, with an average build.

At the time of the incident the man was wearing a pale blue t-shirt, dark shorts, red underwear, black sunglasses, and he was a carrying a dark green backpack and a blue and white towel.

Anyone with information about this incident should call Wollongong Local Area Command via Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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.


About Mick Roberts

A Sydney journalist, writer and 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 Australia 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 writing a number of history books, Mick has owned and managed 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 Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW. He currently calls the inner-Sydney suburb of Surry Hills home.


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