Police investigate suspicious incident involving schoolgirl (Downend)

Police are appealing for help identifying a man who approached a teenage girl near a school.

The incident happened at 8.10am on Friday 14 May in Bristol. The victim, a 14-year-old girl, was walking from the Badminton Road playing field along the lane towards the back of Downend School. She was approached by a man who grabbed her arms and told her not to be scared but the victim was able to kick the suspect and ran off towards the playing field.

The suspect is described as white, around 30-years-old, 5’10” tall, big build and with very pale skin. He was wearing a black hooded top with the hood up and black trousers.

Investigating the incident, DC Helen Holt said: “The victim reacted quickly and was able to get away but it was still a scary incident for her. Incidents such as this are rare and we have launched an investigation to identify the person responsible.”

“The incident happened in the lane between Kimberley Close and Meadow Close. There is a school and a residential area nearby and someone might have seen something as they left for work or dropped off their children at school.”

“We are keen to identify the man involved and speak to him about his actions. If anyone has information which can help I appeal to them and contact the police.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Avon and Somerset Police on 0845 456 7000. Alternatively, call the charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Source: Avon and Somerset Police

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