Child approached in Talbingo

Police are appealing to the public for information after a child was approached by a man in Talbingo yesterday.

About 4:50pm Friday, a seven-year-old girl was outside of a house on Lampe Street, Talbingo.

Police have been told the girl was approached by a man in a blue Ford utility who asked the girl to get into the car.

The mother of the girl, who was inside the house, saw this occur and approached the Ford utility which drove off.

Officers from Cootamundra Local Area Command were contacted and have commenced an investigation.

Police would like to speak to two men seen in the vehicle who may be able to assist with inquiries.

Police are appealing to anyone with information to contact Cootamundra Local Area Command or Crime Stoppers.

“A number of witnesses have already come forward. However, we are seeking further information to identify the vehicle and its occupants,” Inspector Stephen Radford said.

“This is a serious incident and it is important that if you have seen a blue Ford utility in the last few days to inform the local police or Crime Stoppers.

“Similarly, if you have CCTV in the Talbingo area and may have footage of the vehicle please contact police.

“We are particularly interested in speaking to the second male who may have been dropped off in Talbingo by the driver of the vehicle.”

Meanwhile, the incident has again prompted police to encourage parents to discuss 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 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 000 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.

Police are urging anyone with information in relation to this incident to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page: