Children approached by man in Bathurst

POLICE have launched an appeal for public assistance after three young children were approached by a man at Bathurst on Thursday.

About midday yesterday three children, aged 4, 5, and 7, were at a playground on Howick Street, when they were approached by a man.

The man offered the children toys, before walking away.

He has been described as being of Caucasian appearance, large build, with grey curly hair. He was wearing a grey t-shirt.

Officers from Chifley Local Area Command have commenced an investigation.

Police are urging anyone with information about this incident to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page: https://www1.police.nsw.gov.au/

Information provided will be treated in the strictest of confidence.

People are reminded they should not report crime information via their social media pages.

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 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.

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