E-fit Of Man Who Tried To Grab Girl

27 July 2010, 16:31 | Updated: 27 July 2010, 16:36

Detectives investigating an incident in Poole, where a man tried to grab a girl in woodland, have relased an e-fit of him.

The man approached the 14-year-old girl as she walked home from school near Lytchett Drive in Broadstone last Wednesday.

Passing cyclists, a woman and a young boy, caused the man to run away.

The girl, from Broadstone, had previously noticed a large black van pull up along Lytchett Drive. The man who approached her had stepped out of this van and watched her for a short period of time.

The man is white, with olive or tanned skin, around five feet nine inches tall and of a medium build, with a round stomach. His hair is grey or greying at the sides and back, and he was unshaven at the time of the incident.

He was wearing a dark blue t-shirt, with what appeared to be a white net or mesh top over it, brown knee-length shorts, possibly of a camouflage design, white socks and white trainers.

The black van is described as large, shiny and new.

Detective Constable Vanessa Moyle, of Bournemouth and Poole CID said: "It is now understood that the young child who cycled past was wearing a Broadstone First School uniform and I am renewing my appeal for the woman who was cycling with him to contact the police.

"I am concerned as to why this man may have approached the girl and I believe that this cyclist may be able to help me find out exactly what his motives were.

"I would also like to hear from anyone who witnessed this incident, and anyone who saw a man running away from this area last Wednesday, 21 July 2010, as soon as possible."

The schoolgirl ran to a nearby friend’s house immediately after the incident – she was very upset, but uninjured.

Witnesses and anyone with information should call Dorset Police in confidence on 01202 222 222 or the free and anonymous Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111 where mobile phone tariffs may apply.