Witnesses sought to child approach in Phillip

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ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to an alleged child approach in Phillip (Woden) yesterday afternoon (Tuesday 6 August 2019).

About 4.45pm, an eight-year-old boy was riding his scooter at Eddison Park in Phillip. A man approached the boy near a set of outdoor gym equipment before the boy ran to his father.

The man was approached by the boy’s father shortly after and ran to the Woden Cemetery Car Park, where he got into a brown/gold Range Rover 4WD. The Range Rover left the car park, driving onto Yamba Drive towards the Canberra Hospital.

The man is described, Caucasian, of medium build, with short hair, clean shaven, wearing a lime green shirt with a logo, blue jeans and work boots.

Anyone with information that could assist police is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, or via the Crime Stoppers ACT website. Please quote reference 6425303. Information can be provided anonymously.

General information

Police encourage 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. Information on ways to help children to stay safe is available on the Constable Kenny Koala website.

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 quicker police can respond and attend to an incident of this nature, the quicker they can target the area and surrounds.

Media enquiries

Police Media — (02) 5126 9070, act-police-media@afp.gov.au