Police issue warning after men approach children in Canberra’s south

Lachlan Roberts 28 June 2019

Police are calling for witnesses to come forward and have issued a warning to parents and schools after two children were approached by men in vehicles in the last week.

Around 5:45 pm on Thursday 20 June, it is alleged a man stopped his vehicle next to a child on Bromby Street, Isaacs, before he got out of the vehicle and spoke to the child. The child did not respond and fled the scene.

Police have released a face-fit image of the alleged offender, who is believed to be 50-years-old with a grey-coloured beard, dark eyebrows and a scar over one eye. The man was wearing a dark beanie, gloves and a dark coloured T-shirt with a skull on it.

Police believe this man approached a child on 20 June. Face-fit supplied by ACT Policing.

Around 3:40 pm yesterday (27 June), a child was approached by two men in a vehicle while walking along Sturdee Crescent in Monash. The child ran away down a nearby laneway.

While neither child was injured, police are taking these approaches seriously and investigating both incidents.

Anyone who has any information including CCTV or dash-cam footage from the area that could assist police is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, or via the Crime Stoppers ACT website.

An ACT Policing spokesperson encouraged parents, guardians and teachers to make sure children understand how to keep themselves safe, particularly when walking to and from school, and to teach children about stranger safety.

“If you become aware of an incident or notice anyone acting suspiciously around a school or child, contact police immediately on 131 444 or in the case of an emergency call 000,” the spokesperson said. “The quicker police can respond and attend to an incident of this nature, the quicker they can target the area and surrounds.

“More information on ways to help children to stay safe is available on the Constable Kenny Koala website.”

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