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NZ: Men try to lure girl, 11, into car (Otago)

Publish Date: 30 Nov 2011
Source: The Southland Times

New Zealand Police

Cromwell police are searching for two men who tried to lure a young Cromwell girl into their car while she was walking home from school on Monday.

The 11-year-old girl was walking alone along Melmore Tce at 3.30pm when an older black or grey Honda Accord with tinted windows stopped and two men, both with dark skin, tried to persuade her to get into the car.

Detective Gary Hyndman, of Cromwell, said the girl had taken the right steps and ran away from the car.

Police had since contacted schools in Cromwell, asking for them to remind pupils of "stranger danger" and what to do in similar situations, Mr Hyndman said.

It was the first time in 10 years that he could remember an incident of that nature in Cromwell but he said people needed to be aware that strange men would try to get girls into cars if they were walking alone.

Anyone who had seen the car or a young blonde girl being talked to by two men in a car on Melmore Tce should contact police.

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