Deniliquin Police have issued a warning about a man approaching and allegedly acting inappropriately to young people in the area.By Zoe McMaugh
Police have issued a warning to all parents and children to be wary of a man who has reportedly approached a number of young people in Deniliquin in the past week.
The man was first reported to police on Saturday after he allegedly approached two young girls near the East End Store about 12.30pm.
He is alleged to have said inappropriate things to both girls.
The girls were reportedly followed before they went to a nearby residence to seek assistance.
A post by a parent on Facebook prompted more parents to come forward with reports, according to Deniliquin Police Inspector Peter Hayes.
‘‘After a Facebook driven campaign we received another report about a similar incident on Tuesday (last week) in the same area.
‘‘The man is described as having dark skin, about 30 years old, has dark, fluffy and long hair and was reported to be riding a purple and blue mountain bike.
‘‘One report also describes him as having a lazy eye and he is believed to introduce himself as ‘Peter’.’’
Last Tuesday, police believe the man approached two other girls in Henry St in east Deniliquin about 5.30pm.
According to police, the two girls were riding their bicycles, heading home, when the man kept following them.
He is alleged to have said inappropriate things to each of them and asked for their names.
One of the girls allegedly pretended to be on the phone and the man fled the scene.
Insp Hayes said no one fitting the man’s description is listed on the Child Protection Register. He said for that reason police have been unable to identify the man and ask anyone with information that may help police to come forward.
Insp Hayes also asked any parents with children who may have had similar approaches to contact police immediately.
‘‘We weren’t made aware of the first approach until later in the week.
‘‘If we had known we could have deployed further resources.’’
Insp Hayes said Deniliquin Police would conduct increased patrols following the reports, particularly in east Deniliquin.
Parents are encouraged to discuss ‘stranger danger’ with their children.
Insp Hayes said any child who is approached should run to the nearest home where it looks like someone is home and knock on the door.
He said the occupant of the home is then encouraged to ring 000 immediately.
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