Local police have located a vehicle and occupants involved in an incident where young children were confronted in Inverell on Thursday.
It was confirmed on Friday that police identified the persons involved in the matter and advised the vehicle and its occupants were of no further concern to the community.
POLICE are appealing for help after young children were confronted and asked to get in a vehicle in Inverell.
New England police have launched an investigation into the incident in Wood Street on Thursday afternoon.
A group of children were walking along the street about 3.20pm on Thursday when a red car with black rims, stopped near them.
A man and woman inside the car spoke to the children and asked them to get in the vehicle.
Police said when the children declined, the car left the area.
The children reported the incident and police were contacted.
Police have said the red car was also bearing yellow licence plates and had red P plates fixed to the car.
The woman is described as being of Caucasian appearance, aged in her mid 20’s with a slim build and medium length blonde hair with pink highlights.
She was last seen wearing a black top with writing on the front and ripped jeans.
Police said the man is described as being of Caucasian appearance, also aged in his mid 20’s, with brown hair and a mullet.
He was wearing a black baseball cap at the time.
Anyone who witnessed the incident or who might have seen the red car in the area on Thursday afternoon is urged to contact Inverell police on 6722 0599.
New England police said the incident has prompted a warning on stranger danger.
Officers urged parents and carers 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 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 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.