Police release image of man who tried to snatch girl

The suspect is described as being a white man in his late 40s Credit: Greater Manchester Police

An e-fit has been released of the man who tried to grab a schoolgirl as she was playing in her back garden.

The eleven-year-old girl has worked with specially trained detectives to help put together the image, which police hope will help find the offender.

At about 12.05pm on Saturday 14 September 2013, the offender walked round the side of the house on School Lane, walked into the garden, telling the 11-year-old girl that he was lost.

As the girl came forward, the man tried to grab her left wrist.

The victim screamed and kicked out at the man, who then ran off.

He is described as being a white man in his late 40s, about 6ft tall and of slim build.

He had short blonde hair, a deep voice and spoke with a local accent.

He wore a heavy black coat, blue jeans and black trainers which are described as having orange markings on them.

The girl ran into the house and told her parents who called the police immediately. Detective Inspector Richard Hunt said: "Since this incident, we have made a number of enquiries to help find the man responsible so he can be apprehended as soon as possible.

"Among these efforts, specially trained officers have sat down with the victim who has had the courage to be able to help put together a detailed e-fit. "Our appeal is to anyone who thinks they may know someone who resembles the man in the e-fit to call us.

"Understandably, there has been concern among residents about what has happened.

We are working hard to reassure our communities that we are doing everything we can. "We take pride in policing the communities of Hyde and helping people feel safe as they go about their daily business.

"As such, patrols in the area have been stepped up, and we are also working closely with local schools in the area. "We are here for people to address any concerns they may have."