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Otford abduction fabricated

POLICE investigating a reported child abduction at Otford yesterday now believe the incident did not occur.
An 11-year-old boy reported being pulled into a vehicle by two men near Domville Street in Otford, about 5.30pm on Monday.
The boy told police the men drove him to a nearby lookout, before he managed to escape from the vehicle and run home.
Wollongong police launched an investigation and conducted an extensive search of the surrounding area; however it has now been determined that the boy provided false information to police.
The boy is expected to be spoken to further by detectives regarding the alleged false report.
Police still urge parents to speak with their children about safe people and safe places and to call Triple Zero (000) if they are concerned.
Officers also encourage parents to discuss the ramifications of making a false report and what affect this can have on police resources.


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 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 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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