Attempt to abduct teenage schoolgirl

Detectives are investigating after a report of an attempted abduction in Waltham Forest.

The incident happened on Wednesday (16 June) at about 8:30am when a girl, aged in her mid-teens, was walking to along North Countess Road, E17.

She told police she was near houses numbering in the 50s when a car stopped near her.

A man she did not know got out of the passenger seat and grabbed her, she struggled with the man and managed to get away.

She ran to her school and told staff what had happened – she was not injured in the incident.

The car involved was described as a white Kia with five doors and its appearance was dirty with muddy tyres.

The suspect is described as Asian, aged about 20, 6ft tall, of medium build with short black hair.

He was wearing a grey t-shirt, dark blue jeans, black trainers and a black face mask.

There is no description of the driver of the car.

Detective Superintendent Jodie Tuff said: “Thankfully no one was injured in this incident but I fully understand how much anxiety this will cause.

“I want to assure our community that investigating this incident is a priority, officers have been out making enquiries and gathering evidence, and that evidence will be fast-tracked. In the meantime, we are making sure our officers are fully briefed about the incident and we are mounting extra patrols to both reassure and keep people safe.

“We are liaising closely with our partners and we will keep them and our community updated when there are any developments. Lastly I would ask anyone with information to contact us and please call 999 if you see anything suspicious.”

Any witnesses or anyone with any information is asked to call police on 101 or contact via Twitter @MetCC. Please quote CAD 1851/16JUN

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