Cottesloe: police investigating reports Presbyterian Ladies’ College student was followed on train

POLICE are investigating a report a teenage Presbyterian Ladies’ College (PLC) student was followed by a man from near the school on to a train in Cottesloe about 3.25pm last Thursday.

“The male in his late 30s then followed the student up and down the train and asked her how old she was, and then asked her out for a coffee,” Sergeant Paul Gelmi said.

The man, who was unknown to the student, left the 16-year-old girl alone, but the distress of his approach caused her to cry.

The Peppermint Grove school issued a statement to parents the same afternoon.

“An incident of concern was reported this afternoon to WA Police regarding a Year 11 student,” it said.

“A man approached the student on Albion Street, Cottesloe and followed her as she walked to the train station.

“He continued to approach her at the station while on the train.

“Along with sharing this information for the protection of your daughters, PLC would like to remind parents of the importance of regularly discussing personal safety with your children.”

The student’s mother reported the incident, and police attended.

Officers have a partial image of the man wearing a blue shirt, black jeans, a hat and sunglasses.

Sgt Gelmi said inquiries to identify the man were continuing, and patrols were being conducted in the area and CCTV footage had been requested from the Perth Transit Authority.