Man tries to abduct Matamata schoolgirl
Police are hunting a man who tried to get a schoolgirl into his car as she walked to school in Matamata on Friday.
Detective Steve Langdon of the Matamata- Piako CIB said the man was unknown to the schoolgirl and approached her near the corner of Short and Smith Streets about 8am, demanding she get into his car.
"He is described having pale skin, a bushy beard and being 50-60yrs of age with grey hair, some of which looked curly as it stuck out from under a black beanie he was wearing.
"The man was also described as wearing a jumper and sweat pants and the car he was driving was described as a red, four-door sedan with possibly faded paint work."
Mr Langdon said police have concerns for the behaviour displayed by the man and had been in contact with all the schools in the town to advise them of the incident.
"We want to hear from anyone who may have witnessed Friday's incident or who has information on the identity of the man."
Anyone with information is asked to contact Mr Langdon at the Matamata Police Station on 07 888 7117. Alternatively, information can be left anonymously with Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.