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Girl runs away from car driver

Police are anxious to interview a man described as being in his 40s with dreadlocks and dark skin.
Police are anxious to interview a man described as being in his 40s with dreadlocks and dark skin.

DETECTIVES from the Gold Coast Child Protection and Investigation Unit are on the hunt for a man who acted suspiciously towards a child at Currumbin Waters on Saturday.

It is believed a 10-year-old girl was approached by a man driving a blue van with dark-tinted windows on Currumbin Creek Rd about 3.15pm (Qld).

"The man stopped the van beside the girl and had a conversation with her. The victim ran off without incident," Queensland police said in a statement.

"The male is described as being aged in his 40s with a solid build, dreadlocks and a dark complexion. He was wearing a red T-shirt.

"Investigations are continuing and any assistance with identifying this male is sought from the public."

Police said the incident is not linked to any other reports of a similar nature, including a recent attempted abduction incident in Kingscliff.

In this incident, about 6.30pm (NSW) on Sunday, October 9 a 10-year-old girl was on the street outside her grandmother's unit complex in Moss St, Kingscliff.

She was approached by a man who spoke to her and attempted to lure her into his car.

The young girl became concerned and ran back into the block of units, reporting the man to her mother.

Police from Tweed/Byron Local Area Command were contacted and commenced patrols of the area for the man involved.

The girl told police he was of Middle Eastern/Mediterranean appearance, about 40 years old, of solid build, with short grey hair parted to the side.

He was wearing black-framed reading glasses, a thick blue jumper and spoke with an "Australian" accent.

The car the man was driving has been described as a green Jaguar, or similar, sedan with maps and papers strewn around the vehicle.

Anyone with information which could assist police with their investigations into either of these incidents should contact Crime Stoppers anonymously via 1800 333 000 or crimestoppers.com.au 24 hours a day.

 

SAFETY ADVICE

  • Avoid walking alone. Instead, walk with other family members, friends or an adult you know. Walk near busier roads and streets, or use paths where there are lots of other people
  • Make sure your parents or another adult you know is aware where you are at all times and always walk straight home or to the place you are walking to.
  • 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.
  • Learn about safe adults you can look for and talk to if you need help

Topics:  gold coast police investigation suspicious


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