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Police carPOLICE are appealing for public assistance as they investigate a report that a boy was approached and spoken to in Fairy Meadow Friday.

About 8.10am, a 10-year-old boy and his younger brother left a bus on the Princes Highway near Soudan Street.

Police have been told as the pair approached a school near the intersection of McGrath and Hamilton Streets, the younger boy walked ahead when an unknown man approached the 10-year-old and spoke to him.

The boy walked away towards the school’s grounds, and the unknown man followed him for a short distance before leaving the scene.

Wollongong police were notified of the incident and have commenced investigations.

As inquiries continue, police would like to speak to a man who may be able to assist them.

The man is described as being about 183cm tall, and of slim build. He was wearing grey and white tracksuit pants with the word ‘Puma’ written down the right leg, a white short-sleeved shirt with grey sleeves and small symbols on the front in different colours, and a black cap (possibly with coloured writing)

It’s believed the unknown man had left a dark, medium-sized car with rounded headlights which was parked nearby prior to the incident.

Police are urging anyone who saw the 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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