Police are appealing for public assistance after a young girl was approached by a man at Raymond Terrace.

About 11am today (Saturday 25 July 2020), a 10-year-old girl was standing outside a home on Gwen Avenue when a man approached and asked her to come to him.

The girl refused and a short time later walked to a nearby park with her friends. The man then followed the group before taking photos of them.

A member of the public witnessed the incident and intervened, before the man left the area.

Police were alerted and officers from Port Stephens-Hunter Police District attended and commenced inquiries.

They’re appealing for anyone who witnessed it, or suspicious behaviour in the area, to come forward.

The man is described as being aged in his 40s or 50s, with black hair and a receding hair line. He was wearing denim jeans and a grey/blue jacket.

Anyone with information that may assist the investigation is urged to contact police