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Police are conducting inquiries after a girl was approached by an unknown man and woman in Ballina on Friday evening.

At about 6.30pm an 11-year-old girl was riding her bike on the footpath of River Street when a silver sedan displaying red P plates pulled onto the footpath next to her.

A man was driving the car and there was a woman sitting in the front passenger seat.

The woman asked the girl if she wanted to get into the car and offered her some lollies.

The girl declined the offer and rode away on her bike.

The man is described as being of Caucasian appearance, about 20 years old with short brown hair.

The woman is described as being of Caucasian appearance, about 18 years old with long brown hair. She was wearing a green t-shirt.

Meanwhile, the incident has again prompted police to encourage parents to teach their children the ‘Safe People, Safe Places’, 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.

• 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.

Anyone with information or who may have seen this vehicle in the area is urged to contact Ballina Police Station or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

 


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