A boy was allegedly filmed by a man in a public toilet block in Harrington.
About 4.30pm on Monday, October 7, the nine-year-old was with his family at a caravan park on Crowdy Street when he went to a toilet block.
While in a cubicle, the boy noticed a mobile phone on the ground which he believed was on video mode.
An unknown man in the next cubicle then picked the phone up and continued to film.
The boy left the toilet block and reported the incident to his parents.
Officers attached to Manning Great Lakes Police District attended a short time later and searched the area.
The man was not located. He is described as wearing black thongs with one toenail filed to a point. Investigations are continuing.
Meanwhile, Port-Stephens Hunter Police District are investigating reports of a child approach at Stroud Swimming Pool. At about 3pm on Sunday, October 6, four girls aged between five and 16 were were at the pool on Cowper Street when they were allegedly approached by a man.
Parents are reminded to discuss the 'Safe People, Safe Places' messages with their children which include:
- Make sure your parents or another adult you know knows where you are always.
- 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.