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Warning after incident

MARYKE PENMAN
Last updated 05:00 17/12/2013

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Children have been reminded of stranger danger after two men approached a young girl.

The year 5 Murrays Bay School student was helping her older brother on his paper run when two men, believed to be in their early 20s, pulled up next to her.

Murrays Bay School principal Ken Pemberton says in a message to parents and caregivers that a dark blue, late 90s or 2000 model, Holden sedan with silver mags pulled up next to the girl as she was walking along Bournemouth Tce around 4.45pm on December 6.

Both men got out of the car and, while one opened the boot, the other approached the girl.

They are reported to have been talking to each other aggressively and Mr Pemberton says one was heard to say "there's one, open the boot".

The girl then ran away to a pre-arranged meeting spot with her brother.

A visual description of the men has them as both European, wearing caps back to front and singlets. One is thought to have dark brown hair and the other light brown hair and tattoos on his right arm.

Mr Pemberton says the incident is even more of a concern because it seems they were hunting and not opportunists.

North Shore area commander Inspector Shanan Gray says the incident is under investigation.

"Any report of this nature is concerning to police, however suggestions on social media and via email about the men not being opportunists cannot be confirmed by police at this stage.

"It is too early in the investigation to comment on this aspect."

Mr Pemberton's warning message has been circulated to other schools in the area including Campbells Bay School.

"All classes have been given a reminder about stranger danger and the importance of walking to and from school in groups. This has been done in a manner to create and remind everyone about possible dangers without creating a climate of fear," he says.

"We reminded our students that there are a lot more young people out and about as some secondary schools and universities have closed for the summer so we do need to be really careful out on the roads."

Call North Shore police on 477 5000 or the anonymous Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111 with any information.

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