Witness appeal following attempted abduction in Addlestone
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We are appealing for witnesses following an attempted abduction of a school girl on Friday 25 June, on the wooded public footpath near to Philip Southcote School in Addlestone Moor.
The incident happened at around 4.30pm when the girl was alone. The suspect has attempted to grab the girl from over a fence and put his hand over her mouth to keep her quiet. Fortunately the girl was able to get out of his grip and the suspect has then fled the scene.
The suspect is described as a white male, around 20-30 years old, with short light brown hair, tall and of medium build. He smelt like cigarette smoke and was wearing a dark green jacket, dark blue denim jeans and Nike trainers with a white sole.
Officers arrived within 10 minutes of the incident and completed an extensive area search. No-one fitting the description was found and due to heavy foot traffic in the area, the dog unit could not pick up a scent.
Inspector James Wyatt, Runnymede’s Borough Commander, said: “This is an extremely serious incident and something that is deeply disturbing to both the victim and the local community. Fortunately this kind of incident is very rare and we have stepped up our patrols in the area to help everyone feel as safe as possible. We are currently completing extensive investigations to identify the perpetrator and if you recognise the description or have any relevant information, we would like to hear from you.”
If you have any information which could help, please direct message us or report online using webchat or our webform https://www.surrey.police.uk/reportcrime on our website, quoting incident/crime reference number PR/45210066905. If you do not wish to leave your name, please call the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.