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Boy approached at Woonona

POLICE are appealing for public assistance after a boy was approached by a man in a vehicle at Woonona last week.
About 3pm on Friday, a 10-year-old boy was walking west along a footpath on Woodland Avenue, when a man yelled out to him from a nearby red-coloured van.
The van stopped across the road from the footpath, where the driver again yelled out to the boy. He continued walking home and the driver left the area.
The boy told his mother what had happened and she contacted the police.
Wollongong police launched an investigation into the incident.
Inquiries into the matter are continuing and police would now like to speak to a man who may be able to assist in the investigation.
The man is described as being of Caucasian appearance, with a tanned complexion, about 35 years of age, with a beard and dark brown hair. He was last seen wearing a faded blue-coloured t-shirt and he had a small hoop earring in his left ear.
The van has also been described as having damage to the driver’s door, the side mirror was broken, and there was a yellow sticker on the vehicle.
The interior of the van was described as being black and red striped.
Anyone who knows the man’s identity or has any information that could assist police is urged to come forward.

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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