25 May 2018

More reports of man trying to lure children into car in Woden area

| Ian Bushnell
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Police have stepped up their presence in the Woden area after more reports of a man attempting to entice children into a vehicle.

On Wednesday, police and education authorities issued a warning to parents after a man approached a primary school student in Carruthers Street, Curtin, and asked the child to come to his grey/silver sedan to see a puppy.

ACT Policing said it had now received reports of a man approaching students before and after school in several Woden suburbs. As a result, there was an increased police presence in and around these suburbs.

It is believed the man approached a secondary school student in the Garran area on Friday, this time driving a white sedan.

Police are seeking to identify the man, who is described as Caucasian in appearance, aged in his late 30s to early 40s with dark hair and a deep voice. He is approximately 170cm (5’7”) tall and of slim build. On some occasions the man was wearing a light grey tracksuit, T-shirt, black puffer-style vest and a black beanie.

ACT Policing, which is working closely with the Education Directorate, said children needed to understand the importance of stranger safety and the importance of reporting any unusual approaches immediately on 131444 or in the case of emergency 000.

Police are urging anyone who may have any information that could assist police to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, or via the Crime Stoppers ACT website.

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