A teenager was approached by a man in a car similar to this one on Tuesday.
A teenager was approached by a man in a car similar to this one on Tuesday. Source: NSW Police Force

Man tries to coax girl into car at Pottsville

POLICE have appealed for public assistance after a teenager was approached by a man in Pottsville on Tuesday.

About 10.45am, the 16-year-old girl was waiting at a bus stop on Tweed Coast Rd.

A maroon coloured car, described as similar to a Toyota Land Cruiser, with a Queensland registration, slowed down.

Police said the male driver was reportedly staring at the young girl.

The car, which drove past, returned several minutes later and the driver offered the girl a lift.

When she declined, the driver continued trying to coax her into the car.

The driver then got out of his car and told the girl she would "have a good time" if she got in, police said.

The girl yelled at the man and ran from the bus stop, before reporting the matter to her parents.

The matter was then reported to police.

The man was described as being Caucasian in appearance, aged between 30 and 40, about 175cm tall with facial hair and reddish brown coloured hair.

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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