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Girl approached at Bellambi

POLICE are appealing for information after a teenage girl was approached by a man in Bellambi yesterday afternoon.
About 4pm on Wednesday, the 13-year-old girl was walking on Pioneer Road when a green, older-model sedan with light-blue number plates pulled up beside her.
Police have been told the driver asked the girl if she wanted a lift. When she declined, he opened the passenger’s side door and reached towards her.
The girl ran home and told her step-father about the incident, and the matter was reported to police.
Wollongong police have commenced investigations and are appealing for information.
They would like to speak to a man who they believe may be able to assist with their investigations. He is described as being aged 30 to 40, with olive skin, a large build, and a flat nose. At the time of the incident, the man was unshaven, and wearing sunglasses and a black cap with a red logo on the front
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 known to you, know where you are at all times.
– Always walk straight to your home or intended destination. 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 have access to 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.
Police are urging anyone with information about this incident to 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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