Police warning after couple try to lure kids into ute

UPDATE 2.15PM: POLICE are urging parents to speak to their kids about "stranger danger" after a blue and white ute was spotted trying to lure kids into the car.

Three children told police on Thursday and man and woman in the ute had approached them on Cardigan St, Granville about 1.30pm.

Police were told the couple offered the kids lollies to get into the vehicle.

Maryborough police Child Protection and Investigation Unit Detective Senior Constable Matt Maslen said it was important parents were spoke to their children.

"Kids need to know to never get into any strange vehicle and speak to their parents immediately after being approached by someone," he said.

He said parents should encourage children to make as much noise as possible if they are approached by strangers and try and attract the attention of the nearest adult.

Snr Const Maslen said police received reports of a man in a white van approaching children a few months ago in Hervey Bay.

If you had any information on the ute call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or Police Link on 131 444.

EARLIER: POLICE are urging people to be on the look-out after three kids in Granville reported a man and woman tried to get them into a ute.

Maryborough police Senior Constable Matt Walker said the three kids were in Cardigan St about 1.30pm when the dark ute approached them.

A man was driving while a woman was in the passenger seat.

The children, aged about 10, told police the pair said they were looking for a child named Oliver.

Snr Const Walker said after the children walked off, the pair followed before asking them to get in the car and offering them lollies.

The ute was a single cab with a tool box on the back.

If you have any information or saw anything suspicious call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or Police Link on 131 444

Topics:  crime granville maryborough police

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