Child ab­duc­tion warn­ing

Par­ents urged to tell kids of dan­ger af­ter men try to seize boy

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - RACHEL RI­LEY rachel. ri­ley@ news. com. au

PAR­ENTS are be­ing warned to ed­u­cate their chil­dren on stranger dan­ger af­ter an at­tempted ab­duc­tion of a young boy at Kir­wan.

The nine- year- old Year 4 boy had just left Wil­lows State School and was walk­ing along Sand­stone Drive soon af­ter 3pm on Thurs­day when a car stopped on the side of the road in front of him. One of the two men in the car told the boy to “get in”, but he ran to­wards Kern Broth­ers Drive to a rel­a­tive’s house and they con­tacted po­lice.

A let­ter from Wil­lows State School prin­ci­pal Jeff Jones went home with stu­dents on Fri­day “not to cause alarm”, but to in­form par­ents and car­ers about the in­ci­dent.

“I would sug­gest that chil­dren who walk or ride to school do so with friends or fam­ily where pos­si­ble,” Mr Jones wrote.

“As a school, we have re­vis- ited per­sonal safety mes­sages … with all stu­dents and stressed the im­por­tance of not get­ting into cars with other

I know schools do a lot of work but par­ents do need to have con­ver­sa­tions about these things and there is never too young to start with kids. SEN- SGT DAVID LYNCH

adults un­less by prior ar­range­ment.

“We par­tic­u­larly stressed the point about never get­ting into a ve­hi­cle with some­one who is un­known to them.”

Dis­trict duty of­fi­cer Act­ing Se­nior Sergeant David Lynch said po­lice were work­ing on a comfit of the two men based on the boy’s de­tailed de­scrip­tion.

Sen- Sgt Lynch said pa­trols fol­low­ing the in­ci­dent failed to find the sus­pect ve­hi­cle or of­fend­ers.

“It’s great the young boy has re­ceived ed­u­ca­tion in pro­tec­tive be­hav­iours and he cer­tainly did the right thing by run­ning to a place of safety be­fore some­thing more sin­is­ter could oc­cur,” Sen- Sgt Lynch said. “I know schools do a lot of work but par­ents do need to have con­ver­sa­tions ( with their chil­dren) about these things.”

Both men in the car are de­scribed as be­ing be­tween 20 and 30 years of age. One was wear­ing a black shirt and the other a blue and yel­low shirt.

They were in a white, old­er­style Mazda sedan with a black stripe down the side doors and had four speak­ers at­tached to the front bumper.

Po­lice are ask­ing any­one who may have seen any­thing to con­tact Crime Stop­pers on 1800 333 000.

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