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Police hunt man after school girl kidnapping attempt

Humberside police are investigating alleged kidnap of a 13-year-old girl Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Police are hunting a man who attempted to kidnap a schoolgirl just days after two other girls had a lucky escape after a similar incident.

The 13-year-old girl was snatched on Friday by a man who jumped out of bushes and attempted to carry her off as she walked alone near a golf club in Hull.

A police spokesman for Humberside Police said: "He attempted to ask the girl a number of questions, which she ignored. The man then allegedly grabbed hold of the girl, and started walking off, carrying her over his shoulder.

"The girl screamed, and at the same time a dog walker then came on to the cycle track, at which point the man dropped the girl and made off from the scene on a black mountain bike."

Less than half a mile away, a man on a mountain bike approached two 13-year-old girls as they walked near a field along Hull Road in the Anlaby area of the city last Wednesday.

"The man the three girls have described appears to be very similar; a white man in his early 20s with a very strong Hull accent and travelling on a gent's mountain bike.

– Detective Inspector Paul Welton

Police believe the two incidents could be linked and are appealing for witnesses, especially the dog walker, to come forward.

Detective Inspector Paul Welton: "In Friday's incident the man was described as being between 5ft 6in and 6ft tall, of a slim build and with stubble on his chin. He wore a grey coloured hooded Nike top, which he wore with the hood up, and either had very dark hair or possibly wore a hat under the hood."

He asked anyone who may know the man to come forward and urged parents and children to make others aware of the incidents.