Northern beaches, child approach: Police investigating after another reported incident

BE AWARE: Police are investigating after another child approach incident was reported to officers. Picture: File
BE AWARE: Police are investigating after another child approach incident was reported to officers. Picture: File

REPORTS of another child approach on the northern beaches might be circulating on social media, but police say they weren't initially notified.

It occurred a few weeks ago in the canteen at John Fisher Netball Courts in North Curl Curl, when a man allegedly approached two under 11s netballers, Manly Warringah Netball Association (MWNA) secretary Cathy Hurditch said.

"It was bought [sic] to our attention yesterday [Monday, June 8] that a couple of young netballers were approached at the courts by a strange man and asked to come to his car. He tried to convince them that they knew him," she said in an email alert to northern beaches clubs.

"This incident occurred a couple of weeks ago. MWNA were not informed of this incident at the time."

Northern Beaches Police crime manager Detective Inspector Michael Boutouridis said while this incident was not initially reported to officers, they have since made contact with the MWNA.

BE AWARE: Another child approach incident has been reported at a netball court. Picture: Shutterstock

BE AWARE: Another child approach incident has been reported at a netball court. Picture: Shutterstock

He urged anyone with information about child approaches to call police immediately and said they can't investigate if they haven't been told.

Meanwhile, this comes after police begun investigating two separate child approaches that occurred in Manly Vale on Saturday, June 5.

At about 3.30pm, two six-year-old children were allegedly offered lollies by a stranger outside a home on Quirk Road. The children then ran inside the house.

Police have been told the man was middle-aged with grey hair - driving a vehicle described only as being white with a circular sticker on the back.

A few hours later, at 7pm, a man of a similar description was seen acting in an intimidating manner towards another young person as she walked in nearby Campbell Parade.

At no time did the man touch any of the children.

Police have appealed to anyone who was in the area of these incidents and saw someone acting suspiciously to contact them. If you were in Manly Vale and have dashcam or CCTV of either incident call police.

Information in graphic provided by Northern Beaches Police Area Command officers.

Information in graphic provided by Northern Beaches Police Area Command officers.

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