A teenager was forced to run to her school after an attempted abduction along a Walthamstow street, close to the Walthamstow Academy.
At around 8.30am yesterday (Wednesday, June 16), a girl in her mid-teens was walking along North Countess Road in Walthamstow, Greater London.
When she was near houses numbering in their 50s, a white Kia car reportedly stopped alongside her.
A man stepped out of the car and grabbed her.
She struggled with the man and fortunately managed to getaway.
Following the incident, she ran to her school and told staff what had happened, who promptly informed the Met Police.
The man who grabbed the girl has been described as being around 20-years-old, Asian and of medium build with short black hair.
He was wearing a grey t-shirt, dark blue jeans, black trainers and a black face mask.
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Detective Superintendent Jodie Tuff said: “Thankfully no one was injured in this incident but I fully understand how much anxiety this will cause.
“I want to assure our community that investigating this incident is a priority, officers have been out making enquiries and gathering evidence, and that evidence will be fast-tracked.
“In the meantime, we are making sure our officers are fully briefed about the incident and we are mounting extra patrols to both reassure and keep people safe.
“We are liaising closely with our partners and we will keep them and our community updated when there are any developments.
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“Lastly I would ask anyone with information to contact us and please call 999 if you see anything suspicious.”
Any witnesses or anyone with any information is asked to call police on 101 or contact via Twitter @MetCC. Please quote CAD 1851/16JUN
To give information anonymously contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or online at crimestoppers-uk.org.