A young girl was approached by a man offering sweets in Natham Square Park, within walking distance of schools and a recreation centre.
MIDLAND police are asking parents to remind their children about the principle of stranger danger after a young girl was approached by a man offering her sweets on Tuesday.
The girl was walking along Natham Square with a group of friends between 3pm and 3.20pm on Tuesday when she began to lag behind.
She was approached by a man who offered her sweets to come with him, but the young girl refused and ran to her group of friends.
Midland Police Officer In Charge Senior Sergeant Jason Longhorn said the incident was extremely concerning given the time and location of the incident.
“Natham Square is within walking distance of schools and this has obviously occurred around the time school gets out so yes it is concerning,” he said.
“I think there’s always concern when an incident like this occurs, obviously a male with no connection to this girl approaching her and offering her lollies or sweets.
“We’re taking this very seriously.”
While police have been unable to obtain a description of the man and are confident this was an isolated incident, Snr Sgt Longhorn said it would be prudent for parents to offer a timely reminder to their children.
“I think the first thing that comes to mind is stranger danger, so it would be good for parents to have a chat to their children and make sure that if they are approached by someone, they refuse any offers and notify a parent or teacher at the first available opportunity.”
Anyone with information regarding the incident is urged to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.