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Police eliminate foul play in Moama child approach

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February 10, 2018

POLICE have ruled out any wrongdoing in a child approach incident in Moama this week.

POLICE have ruled out any wrongdoing in a child approach incident in Moama this week.

An appeal for information went out on Tuesday after a man offered two 12-year-old boys a lift on Perricoota Rd about 8am.

Moama police and Deniliquin detectives fully investigated the incident and spoke with the driver of the ute.

‘‘There was no malicious intent on his behalf, as he saw that one of the boy’s bikes had a flat tyre and as such he attempted to help,’’ Inspector Paul Huggett of Deniliquin police said.

It is understood police are still investigating a child approach incident in Moama on Friday after a 10-year-old boy was approached by a man driving a black van.

The man, believed to be in his 40s or 50s, asked if the boy wanted a lift about 3.05pm.

The boy was walking home from school along Francis St near the intersection of Echuca St. The child said no and ran home.

The van was described as old and black in colour, dirty with dents and scratches, while the man was described as ‘‘dirty and scruffy looking’’ with brown and missing teeth.

‘‘Please remain vigilant and continue to educate your children on the ‘Safe People, Safe Places’ messages,’’ Insp. Huggett said.

In response to both incidents, Moama Anglican Grammar has facilitated a Safe People, Safe Places education session for students.

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