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An 11 year old girl has been praised for her bravery after punching and kicking a man who allegedly tried to abduct her in Milton Keynes.
The girl was walking in Wadhurst Lane into Kents Hill between 3pm and 3.45pm yesterday. Just after passing through an underpass under the A421 she noticed a man walking towards her from the opposite direction.
He asked her for directions before latching on to her arm and asking her to get in to a vehicle. She broke free from him, struck him in the stomach and kicked him before running away.
The manis described as white with tanned skin, 5ft 7ins, medium build, bald with a distinctive wart on one of his ears. He was wearing black clothing and black boots at the time of the incident. A vehicle was not seen.
Det Insp Phil Hayes said: "The victim has described being approached by a man she did not know and instructed to get in to a van. No van was seen during the incident however understandably this was a distressing experience for her.
"I would like to speak to anyone who witnessed this incident or anyone with any information about it which could assist the investigation.
"Officers have been carrying enquiries in the area to identify the offender. If anyone has any concerns, please feel free to speak to an officer patrolling in the area or call 101 to speak to your local neighbourhood team."
Anyone with any information which could assist the investigation should contact Milton Keynes Force CID via the 24-hour Thames Valley Police enquiry centre on 101.