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Girl, 12, fights off man who grabbed her on way to school

Police appeal for witnesses

Detectives are appealing for information following an incident where a 12-year-old girl was grabbed by a man as she walked to school in Leeds.

They were contacted at around 9.30am today (April 23rd) by a passer-by who had seen the girl approached by the man in Old Run Road, Leeds, near to the M621 flyover a short time before.

He had followed the victim before grabbing her around the waist and carrying her for a few yards. The girl fought back and struggled free and the man ran off. She was taken to school and police were alerted.

The suspect was described as white, medium height and build, with short dark hair and a beard. He was wearing a blue hoody, black t-shirt and beige trousers with black stripes down each leg.

This incident is clearly one that causes us serious concerns and we are carrying out extensive enquiries to identify the man involved. The girl was not physically injured but has been left understandably upset by what happened. We would like to hear from anyone who was in the area and witnessed the incident or saw a man fitting the description of the suspect anywhere in the area around the time.

– Detective Inspector James Entwistle, of Leeds District CID