Tweed Heads ‘child approach’ a misunderstanding: police

Police investigating a reported child approach at a Tweed Heads primary school yesterday, have determined the incident was the result of a misunderstanding.

Officers from Tweed/Byron Police District had been investigating a report of a child approach involving a seven-year-old girl outside the school on Stuart Street about 3pm yesterday (Tuesday August 21).

Following an appeal for public assistance, police were contacted by the family of another student who was also outside the school at that time.

After speaking with the family, police are satisfied the incident was not a child approach, but instead a misunderstanding.

Police thank the media and the local community for their assistance in resolving this matter.

Original report: Police are continuing their search for a man after a seven-year-old girl was approached at a Tweed Heads primary school yesterday.

About 3pm on Tuesday 21 August 2018, the girl left the grounds of her school on Stuart Street.

She was met by a man at the gate, who had a conversation with her.

He then took the child’s hand and lead her a short distance away.

As the girl’s mother approached the school, the child saw her and ran towards her mother.

The mother and child left the area and contacted the school about the incident. Police were subsequently informed of the matter.

Officers from Tweed Byron Police District commenced inquiries into the incident and have conducted extensive inquiries and patrols of the area to locate the man.

Officers have reviewed CCTV from local shops and businesses to assist in identifying the man.

He is described as chubby with a beard and brown hair with Band-Aids and bandages on his feet.

Police have urged anyone with information about the incident, who has not already spoken to police, to come forward and contact Tweed Heads Police on (07) 5506 9499 or Crime Stoppers.


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