Attempted abduction highlights need for caution

A nine-year-old Lismore girl was left shaken but unharmed last Friday after an attempted abduction the eighth in the Northern Rivers during the last six months.

The young girl was coming home from school along Dibbs Street around 3.20pm with her older sister, who was walking ahead of her, when a man grabbed her from behind. The girl managed to break free and run home, reporting the abduction to her mother, who contacted police.

It seems abduction attempts are on the increase in the local area and no matter how small the incident might seem, we encourage people to let us know immediately, said Lismore crime prevention officer, Michael Hogan. We are constantly travelling to schools talking about stranger danger, but we need parents to instill those messages as well. The only link between any of these incidents is that the children were all alone, and we strongly urge parents to educate their children to always walk or ride together in groups when theyre out and about.

The man is described as 180-185cm tall with black hair and wearing a long sleeved red shirt with a large tiger motif on the front, blue three-quarter shorts, black glasses and black boots. He was seen near a green, four-door sedan similar to a Corolla.

Anyone who saw the incident or has information should contact Lismore Police on 6623 1599.


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