14 December 2023

Police appeal for information after child approached in the Riverina

| Shri Gayathirie Rajen
Albury Police Station.

A 15-year-old boy went to Albury Police Station with his mother to report being approached by a man. Photo: Vanessa Hayden.

Police are appealing for information following a reported child approach near Albury.

Police said a 15-year-old boy was at the bus stop on Elizabeth Mitchell Drive, Thurgoona, about 10 km northeast of Albury, waiting to catch the bus, when a driver stopped and offered him a lift at about 11:40 am yesterday (13 December).

The boy declined and the man drove off.

Later that day, the boy attended Albury Police Station with his mother and reported the matter.

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As inquiries continue, police would like to speak with a man who may be able to assist them with inquiries.

He is described as being of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander appearance, in his early 30s, with a thin build, dark brown eyes, short black hair with faded sides and a thick black moustache.

He was wearing a small silver hoop earring in his right ear, a dark green long-sleeve T-shirt and a medium-thickness silver necklace at the time of the incident.

He was seen driving a white SUV, possibly a Honda CRV, with tinted windows and a black bike rack on top, with NSW registration plates and green P-plates displayed.

Police are urging anyone with information or who may have dashcam footage from the area at the time of the incident, to come forward and contact police or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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