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Police are investigating after a second child was approached in the change rooms of an aquatic centre.

Between 5.15pm and 5.30pm (Wednesday 29 June 2016) a 10-year-old boy was approached in the change rooms of an aquatic centre in Hornsby.

The child notified family of the incident, who in turn notified authorities.

Police from Kuring-Gai Local Area Command have commenced investigations into the incident.

Police would like to speak with a man who may be able to assist with inquiries.

He is described as being aged in his 20’s, and was last seen wearing grey three-quarter length pants, a black top and black thongs.

Police are urging anyone with information to come forward.

UPDATE 1 July

Police have issued information of another young child approached at the same centre.

Police are appealing for information after a child was approached on Sydney’s upper north shore yesterday afternoon.

About 4.30pm (Thursday 30 June 2016), an eight-year-old boy was approached in the change rooms of an aquatic centre in Hornsby.

Police from Kuring-Gai Local Area Command have commenced investigations into the incident.

They are investigating possible links with a similar incident on Wednesday (29 June 2016), when a 10-year-old boy was approached in the same location.

Police would like to speak with a man who may be able to assist with inquiries.

He is described as being of Asian appearance and aged between 20 and 30. He was last seen wearing grey three-quarter length pants, a black top and black thongs.

Police are urging anyone with information to come forward.

Meanwhile, the incident has again prompted police to encourage parents to discuss the ‘Safe People, Safe Places’ messages with their children, including;
– Make sure your parents or another adult you know knows where you are at all times.
– Always walk straight home or to the place you are walking to. Walk near busier roads and streets, or use paths where there are lots of other people.
– Know where safe places are – a shop, service station, police station, library or school. If you are ever frightened, you should go to one of these places and ask them to call the police.
– Learn about safe adults you can look for and talk to if you need help – police officers, teachers at school, adults you know and trust.
– Don’t talk to people you don’t know and never get into a car with someone you don’t know. If a car stops on the side of the road and you don’t know the person inside, do not stop.
– If you are scared and can use a phone, call 000 and tell them you are scared.
– If someone tries to grab you, yell out, ‘Go away, I don’t know you’. This lets other people know you have been approached by someone you don’t know.

Police are urging anyone with information in relation to this incident to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000Â FREE or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page: https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au/ Information you provide will be treated in the strictest of confidence.

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  • This is very disturbing but great tips on safety.

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  • At what age will it ever be safe to let your kids go into swimming pool or other change rooms. It could have been a sports change room……even at a school.

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  • 100% shocking.
    In areas like that what can you do?..its not like you can put cameras in locations like that.
    Very difficult if you are at the pool with more then one child.

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  • Scary stuff ! Good to discuss the safe people-safe places with our kids over and over again.

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  • Very important article and a very big worry to parents

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  • I really hope the catch the person. It’s really scary stuff to think that there are such people out there

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  • I really hope they catch the offender.

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  • A good reminder at school holiday time.

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  • Wow, very scarey. I hope they catch the creep

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  • This happens so often. I hope the young boy is okay and the offender is caught.

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  • In the change rooms? Sad to see this happening!!

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  • Terrible news, l hope the young boy will be alright after such a frightening incident.

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