Schoolboy escapes possible stranger danger

TALIA SHADWELL
Last updated 18:03 13/06/2014

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Wellington police have concerns about a woman driver who has been approaching young boys, offering them lollies or a car ride.

One eight-year-old boy told his mum the woman offered him a lollipop and a ride in her car in the Wellington suburb of Wadestown after school on Wednesday.

Fortunately the schoolboy remembered his "stranger danger" lessons and refused to get into the car with the woman, his Mum said.

She did not want to be named as she said her son remained upset by the incident.

The woman approached the child near the bus stop outside the shops on the top of the Wadestown Road hill.

Wellington police have received two reports of a woman approaching eight-year-old boys on Wadestown Road. 

 "We are exploring the possibility that these two incidents are related. I don't want parents and caregivers to be overly alarmed, but we always need to be alert to ensuring that we speak to our children about being safe and that adults report any behaviour they think is unusual," Detective Mark Scott said.

The boys did the right thing by ignoring her and telling an adult what happened, he added.

"It may be that this is a simple case of mistaken identity, however, the woman's behaviour is odd enough for us to have some concerns and it's important we identify and speak with her. At present we have a limited description, the children have described a woman with long wavy hair which is possibly dark coloured. They have described her vehicle as large and as red or purple in colour."

Police have alerted the local school community about the incidents, Scott said.

Anyone who may know who this woman is or has any information about similar incidents are urged to contact Wellington Police on (04) 381 2000. Information can also be provided anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.


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