Man lunged at schoolgirl

Crime story
Crime story

POLICE are appealing for witnesses after a report of a man acting suspiciously towards a teenage girl.

At around 3.10pm on Thursday (December 11), a 14-year-old girl was walking home from school and, when she reached the junction with Church Street in Golborne she crossed over the road and noticed a man getting out of his car, which was parked up on the main road.

The man approached the girl and asked her if she was ok and when she told him she didn’t speak to strangers, he said “come on I’ll get you some sweets and you can come with me.”

He then lunged towards her and tried to grab her arm, but she managed to move out of the way and kick him in the leg in a bid to get away, before she ran away down Church Street towards, High Street.

It was later reported to police.

The man is described as Asian, 25-30 years old, of medium build, between 5’8” tall and had distinctive bushy eyebrows and black spiky hair. He was wearing a black tracksuit and spoke with a local accent.

The car can only be described as black.

Detective Constable Lee Jamieson of Wigan division said: “Thankfully, the child was not hurt but the man tried to grab her and we are taking this very seriously.

“These incidents act as a reminder that children should not talk to strangers and I would encourage parents to talk to their kids about this and to stress that if they approached in this manner to simply walk away and tell an adult.

“I would urge anyone who saw the man in the area at that time or has any concerns about the incident to contact police.”

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101, or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.