Mum raises alarm after man approaches schoolgirl

The man was asking her to come to his house.
The man was asking her to come to his house. Tracey Joynson

POLICE have confirmed a girl walking to a Gympie school on Tuesday morning was approached by an unknown man.

The 10-year-old Gympie Central State School student was unharmed but did report the incident to her family that afternoon.

It is believed students at the school were learning about personal safety through the Daniel Morcombe Child Safety Curriculum early this week.

The incident was posted on Wednesday afternoon to the Gympie Buy Sell and Swap Facebook page, which has 11,950 members.

More than 70 comments were made on the post, which was also shared by concerned locals.

"Anyone who lives in Gympie Qld and whose kids attend Gympie Central with kids that walk to school," the post alerted.

"My daughter was approached from Spicer St (off Lawrence St) this morning by an older man... the man was asking her to come to his house, said he had cookies and treats."

While plain clothed Senior Constable of Gympie Child Protection Investigation Unit Daven Richards could not confirm the nature of the conversation, he said the girl had been interviewed by police.

He said police had also spoken to Central school principal Geoff Pelling about the incident.

Police would like to speak with a caucasian man about 50 years old with a thin to medium build, grey, balding hair, a moustache and a scar on his left arm near his elbow.

He was wearing an orange and yellow checked shirt, glasses and black boots.

Anyone who may have seen the man near Gympie Central on Tuesday morning has been asked to come forward.

Snr Const Richards said no threat or attempt of abduction was made but parents should still remind their children to always tell someone about suspicious behaviour.

Office in Charge of Gympie Police Station, Senior Sergeant Gregg Davey, said no other reports of attempted abductions had been made recently. Information to Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000.

The Day for Daniel, in memory of Daniel Morcombe who was abducted and murdered on the Sunshine Coast in 2003 and to promote child safety, will be held tomorrow.


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