Anniversary appeal following attempt abduction in Addlestone
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Four weeks after an attempt abduction in Addlestone, officers are continuing to appeal for the public’s help.
Officers were called on Friday, 25 June following reports of an attempted abduction of a girl on the public footpath near Philip Southcote School.
The young victim was walking alone at around 4:30pm when she was approached by a man who attempted to grab her from over the fence and put his hand over her mouth. Fortunately the girl was able to escape before the suspect fled the scene.
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 was unable to pick up a scent.
The suspect is described as White, 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.
Inspector James Wyatt, Borough Commander for Runnymede said: “We understand that this was a very worrying incident for local residents and it’s something Surrey Police is continuing to take very seriously. We would also like to reassure you that such incidents are extremely rare in Surrey.
“We have been carrying out numerous enquiries to try and identify the suspect. If you witnessed anything, or you have any information which could help, and have not contacted us yet, please do get in touch.”
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.