Police ask for education on stranger danger after Narromine approaches

Dubbo detectives have joined an investigation after three incidents of teenagers being approached by a stranger were reported at Narromine since 5pm on Friday afternoon.

Two female children were approached on Monday and a boy on Friday afternoon.

Police were appealing to parents and guardians to educate their children on stranger danger and not to accept lifts from strangers. 

“Be wary of approaches. If someone does approach you alert someone around or run off,” Orana Local Area Command Duty Officer Inspector Dan Skelly advised children. 

“We’re appealing to parents and guardians to make themselves familiar with the Narromine incidents and make the necessary precautions to mitigate risk, that could mean giving a lift to school instead of walking.”  

The Narromine High School had reinforced these warnings on its Facebook page.

It advises students to avoid walking by themselves, to walk near busier roads and streets, make sure an adult knows where they are at all times and know where the safe places are.

“Police advise that if anyone is approached they should call the police,” the school warned.

Two of the three incidents occurred on Monday. Between 8.45am to 8.50am a 15-year-old female was walking to school and turned up a lane way.

A car stopped alongside her and the driver asked her to get into to the car. She ran off and the car sped away. 

The next incident took place on Dappo Road at 3pm. A male driver approached a 15-year-old female and asked her if she wanted some lollies. She refused. The driver threw the lollies on the ground and sped away.

Monday’s incidents follow one on Friday, where a male driver in a grey vehicle approached a 15-year-old boy on the Parkes Road and offered him a lift.

The boy declined and ran home where he alerted his mother and the authorities.

Police have spoken to a male in relation to the Dappo Road incident and investigations are ongoing. 

“It’s hard to say if it is the same suspect.

“All three occasions have allegedly been with a grey car but there are differing descriptions,” Inspector Skelly said. 

He urged everyone to take the matters seriously. 

Police are asking anyone with information to contact the Dubbo Police on 6883 1599.

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