Girl offered cash to pose for photos

01:05, Feb 20 2014

Gore police are on the hunt for a man who approached a young girl and offered her cash if she posed for photographs.

Sergeant Greg Ballantyne, of Gore, said the girl reported she was walking down Ardwick St near the Gore Main School when the man walked up behind her and began talking to her last Saturday.

The man said he was a photographer and would pay the girl money if she allowed him to take pictures of her, Mr Ballantyne said.

The girl declined his offer and the man was last seen walking west on Onslow St.

He is described as a clean-shaven caucasian male, aged between 20 and 30. He was wearing a blue shirt or jacket and a blue baseball cap.

There was no physical contact between the man and the girl but the incident was still a concern for police, Mr Ballantyne said.

''Posing as a photographer and asking young girls to have their picture taken for money is unseemly,'' he said. ''We certainly don't want this happening in our community.'' 

The incident happened about 1pm on Saturday and police were still looking for information, Mr Ballantyne said. 

Anyone who may have been in the area at the time or had any information should contact Gore police on 03 203 9300. 

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