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Queensland police issue amber alert as four children taken north of Mackay

Queensland police are seeking urgent public assistance to locate four children who were taken by a man known to them earlier today north of Mackay.

Police have issued an amber alert and say the children could be “at significant risk”.

Authorities say the children were taken from a property on Maraju Yakapari Road at The Leap at about 11:30am in a white 2005 Nissan Patrol 4WD with license plates 063-BC9.

Police are urgently seeking this man who is believed to have taken four children from a property near Mackay. (Supplied: Queensland Police Service)

The children are aged eight, seven, four and three and are described as Caucasian in appearance with a slim build and brown hair.

The man, 28-year-old Joshua Carter of The Leap, is described as Caucasian in appearance, of solid build and about 175 centimeters tall.

A man with tattoos.
Police say the man has facial tattoos and a neck tattoo of Batman and the Joker.(Supplied: Queensland Police Service)

Police said he has “a shaven head and full, bushy beard with multiple face and body tattoos, including batman ‘joker’-themed facial tattoos”.

They have asked the public to call 131 564 for information about the abduction or triple-0 for life-threatening information.

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