Young girl 'dragged towards bushes' by man in terrifying attack

POLICE have launched a probe after a schoolgirl was “dragged towards bushes” by a man in broad daylight.

Officers are appealing for information after the alleged assault in South Ockendon and Aveley, Essex, yesterday.

A man approached the girl, who was reportedly dressed in school uniform, and tried to drag her towards some bushes on Stifford Road at approximately 5.10pm.

A witness claimed that her husband had spotted the scene while he was driving past and stepped in to help.

She added that the suspect reportedly fled the scene, with police confirming that the girl was not injured in the attack.

A spokesman from Essex Police said: "We are investigating following an incident where a girl was assaulted in the Aveley/South Ockenden area.

"We received a call shortly after 5.25pm on Wednesday 24 November reporting a girl had been grabbed by a man on Stifford Road about 15 minutes earlier.

"The girl has not been injured. Our enquiries are ongoing.

"If you saw anything, or have any CCTV, dashcam or doorbell footage we need you to contact us.

"If you have any information you can submit a report online at www.essex.police.uk or use the 'Live Chat' button to speak to an online operator between 7am-11pm.

"Please quote incident 831 of 24 November."

You can also call on 101 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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