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Woonona child approached

POLICE are appealing for information after a 10-year-old girl and another young child were approached by a man in a van in the Woonona Beach car park two days ago.
The children told police they were walking through the car park, about 3.30pm on Saturday when a white van pulled up beside them.
The man driving the white van beeped the horn, scaring the children, who ran from the car park and informed the girl’s parents of the incident, who contacted police.
The girl told police the van driver appeared to be between 20 and 25 years old, clean-shaven with olive skin and a muscular build.
Wollongong detectives are investigating the incident, and would like to speak to the driver of the van who may be able to assist with their inquiries.
The white van has no windows and has damage to the drivers’ side.
Meanwhile, the incident has again prompted police to encourage parents to discuss the ‘Safe People, Safe Places’ messages with their children.

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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