24 May 2018

Parents warned after man approaches Curtin primary student

| Ian Bushnell
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Carruthers Street Curtin

Police and education authorities have warned Curtin parents after a man approached a primary school student in the area on Wednesday (23 May).

ACT Policing said that about 8:40 am the student who was on the way to school was approached by an unknown man in Carruthers Street, and asked to come to his vehicle to see a puppy.

The student refused, continued on to school and immediately reported the incident to staff.

The Education Directorate has issued a notice to school communities in the area, encouraging parents and guardians to remind their children about the importance of stranger safety and to report any unusual approaches to police immediately.

Police want to identify the man who is described as Caucasian in appearance, aged in his late 30s to early 40s, with black hair, 170cm tall (5”7 ) and being of slim build.

The man was wearing a light grey tracksuit, T-shirt, black puffer-style vest and a black beanie, and was driving a dark grey/silver sedan.

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.

Information and educational resources in relation to stranger safety can be found at constablekenny.org.au.

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