Attempted abduction at Albion Park

Police are appealing for public assistance following the attempted abduction of a girl at Albion Park yesterday.

A group of students left Albion Park High School in Church Street about 1pm to walk to a nearby location for sport.

Two girls aged 13 and 14, who left a short time after the main group, were approached by a man as they walked through an alley leading onto Beveridge Street.

Police said the man grabbed the younger girl by the wrist and attempted to pull her away.

She managed to break free and both girls ran to the sporting grounds and told the teacher.

The man has been described as being 183 centimetres tall, aged in his 50s, of thin build with grey hair. He was wearing a black hooded top and black tracksuit pants.

Lake Illawarra Local Area Command is investigating.

Meanwhile, the incident has prompted police again to encourage parents to reinforce the ‘‘Safe people, safe places’’ messages with their children, including:

– Make sure your parents or another adult you know knows where you are at all times.

– Always walk straight home or to the place you are walking to. 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 can use a phone, call triple-0 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.

Anyone with information about this incident should call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page: Information you provide will be treated in the strictest of confidence. We remind people they should not report crime information via our Facebook and Twitter pages.

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