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Man charged over alleged child approaches

A man has been arrested, charged, and granted conditional bail in court following an investigation into children being approached and lured with lollies at Red Rock earlier this month.

Police said when two girls aged 10 were leaving a shop on Lawson Street, Red Rock, about 4pm on Thursday, April 4, a man allegedly gestured at them to approach him.

Both girls ignored the man and walked away.

Then about 4.45pm the same afternoon, a nine-year-old girl and a seven-year-old boy were walking along Park Street, Red Rock, when a man allegedly pulled up in a vehicle and spoke to them.

They both ran away before the man allegedly approached and spoke to them again, before they again ran off.

About 5.15pm, the same man was allegedly seen hiding in bushland at Little Beach and police were notified.

Police allege the man was using lollies to lure the children to him.

Officers from the Coffs Clarence Police District attended the scene and began investigating the incidents.

After the police investigation and a public appeal, officers arrested a 30-year-old man after he attended Coffs Harbour Police Station on Monday, April 8.

The man was charged with three counts of stalk/intimidate intend fear physical harm (personal), driving a motor vehicle during a disqualification period, and refused bail.

When he appeared before Coffs Harbour Local Court on Tuesday, April 9, the man was granted conditional bail to reappear at the same court on April 24.