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21 January 2011, 09:20 | Updated: 21 January 2011, 09:24
A 16 year old girl has told police she was approached by a driver in Clacton who demanded she get into his car.
The teenager said that she was sitting at the War Memorial in Abbey Street, Thorpe le Soken alone, when a black, new looking, medium sized car pulled over and driver told her to get in or he'd drag her in on Tuesday evening.
She refused and the driver then got out and again told her to get in the car. The girl shouted and ran off.
The driver was white, aged possibly in his 50s, 6ft tall, muscular build. He had a three-quarter length black coat with a hood which was up. She also thinks there may've been two or three younger lads in the back of the car.
The car came from the Walton direction and it is believed that it headed off towards Thorpe village centre.
Detective Constable Phil Parish said: "I want to hear from anyone who was in the area at that time, I would also appeal to the driver of that car to contact me. There is a possibility that this may have been done as a joke but we are treating this seriously and anyone with information is asked to contact detectives at Clacton police station on 0300 333 4444."