Queenstown police hunt for ‘creep’ who approached boy


Police want to question a man who approached a seven-year-old boy on a Queenstown street and asked for a hug.

The man, described as wearing black clothes and a red baseball cap, spoke to the youngster outside Queenstown Performing Arts Centre on Ballarat Street at about noon on Tuesday.

“His behaviour was a cause for concern,” senior constable Chris Blackford says.

“He was also seen acting strangely near Happiness House [Park Street] and spotted by CCTV on Marine Parade.”

The boy’s mother reported the incident to police.

“Parents should always be on their guard against that sort of thing. The constable in the case has had another report from someone who believes he can identify the man.”

Meanwhile officers rushed to Queenstown Events Centre at 6.40pm on Monday after reports of a missing child.

A mum called police after she was unable to find her 10-year-old daughter, who she had dropped off at the aquatic centre two hours earlier. Officers reviewed CCTV footage and spotted the child leaving the centre at 5pm. 

The youngster was located on Hensman Road at 8pm, walking to a relatives’ home.