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A 4-year-old girl was approached and then touched by a man who subsequently fled the Dunedin park when confronted by her parents.
Her parents contacted the police, who yesterday urged anyone who saw what happened to come forward.
The unshaven caucasian man approached the girl at Ocean Grove Park about 3.30pm on Wednesday.
He spoke to the girl and patted her on her head, Sergeant Anthony Bond, of Dunedin, said.
The girl’s parents confronted him and, without a word, he left the park.
The man was described as being of medium build and height, and about 50 to 60 years old. He had two small dogs with him, Sgt Bond said.
Police wanted anyone who may have seen what happened to contact them.