Updated: No offence detected in reported child approach at Raymond Terrace

Port Stephens police that investigated a report of a man approaching a child in Raymond Terrace last week has found no offence occurred.

On Saturday, July 25 police received information that a man had approached a 10-year-old girl outside a home on Gwen Avenue.

Police were told the man followed the girl and a group of friends to a nearby park and took photos of them.

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

Police were called and an investigation launched, with the public asked to provide information.

Following an investigation into the matter, police determined that no offence had occurred.

"No further investigation will be conducted," NSW Police said in a statement. "Police would like to thank the public for their assistance."

Earlier story, July 27:

Port Stephens police are appealing for the public's assistance after a girl was approached by a man outside a home in Raymond Terrace on Saturday.

Police said the girl, aged 10, was standing outside a home on Gwen Avenue about 11am on Saturday, July 25 when a man approached her and asked her to come to him.

The girl refused.

A short time later the walked to a nearby park with her friends.

Police were told that the man then followed the group before taking photos of them.

A member of the public witnessed the incident and intervened.

The man then left the area.

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

They're appealing for anyone who witnessed the incident, or any 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 phone Raymond Terrace Police Station on (02) 4983 7599 or contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or nsw.crimestoppers.com.au.