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Girl (12) escapes would-be kidnapper by punching him in the face

Attempted kidnap: Greater Manchester Police (GMP) have issued this e-fit image of the suspect.
Attempted kidnap: Greater Manchester Police (GMP) have issued this e-fit image of the suspect.

A 12-year-old girl punched a man in the face when he attempted to grab her as she walked home from school in Greater Manchester, police have said.

The girl hit the man and ran off after the incident in Sale.

Greater Manchester Police (GMP) have issued an e-fit image of the suspect.

Detective Constable Dan Hayes said: "This young girl has been very brave and worked with our forensic imaging specialists to relive what she went through and produce an accurate image of what he looked like.

"I would ask people to look carefully at this image and if you do recognise this man, or see him hanging around the area, please call us.

"We do not know what this man's intentions were and that is why we are taking this incident very seriously and doing all we can to apprehend this man.

"There may well have been a lot of people in the area at the time of the incident who have potentially vital information and I would ask anyone who may have witnessed the incident, or who recognise this man, to come forward."

The schoolgirl was walking along Moss Lane at around 4pm on Wednesday 25 March when the man grabbed her arm before letting go.

As she walked away, he grabbed her again before she hit him and fled.

The man is described as white, in his late 50s, 5ft 8in, of large build, with short greying hair, a long face and a pointy nose.

He wore silver framed rectangular glasses with an orange/brown tint to the lenses, a black bomber-style jacket, white polo T-shirt, loose fitting blue jeans and black shoes.

He also spoke with a local accent, GMP said.