Greater Manchester Police has released an e-fit image of a man officers are looking to speak to in connection with an attempted child abduction in Sale.
The police force has issued an appeal for information and eyewitnesses.
Explaining the attempted abduction in an appeal for information on its website, GMP said the incident happened at around 4.30pm on Thursday 4 November at the junction of Manor Avenue and Firs Road in Sale.
A man approached a girl on her way home from school and attempted to grab her, but the girl was able to break free from the offender and run away.
GMP confirmed that the man made off in a large white van which had a new shape, sliding door, and signage on the side, and he then drove down Manor Avenue in the direction of Coppice Avenue.
No arrests have been made, and the investigation is ongoing.
GMP has assured local residents that there are increased patrols in and around the Sale area as detectives carry out enquiries, but in the meantime, an an e-fit image of a man officers would like to speak to in connection with the incident has been released to the public to help further enquiries.
“This was an incredibly concerning and terrifying ordeal for the young girl, and we have been working around the clock to establish the full circumstances of the incident to ensure we identify the man responsible,” explains Helen Bagnall – Detective Inspector of GMP’s Trafford division.
“We’re currently releasing this e-fit image in the hope that someone may recognise the man and can assist us with our enquiries.
“If you do recognise this male please get in touch with us as a matter of urgency.
“We are still looking to speak to the couple that intervened and helped the young girl following the incident and we urge you to get in touch with us as soon as possible.
“We’re also appealing to anyone with any information about the incident – including those with dash-cam or CCTV footage of the white van – to contact us on 0161 856 7673 quoting incident number 2224 of 04/11/2021.”
Featured Image – GMP | GMP Trafford