Man tried to snatch young boy on his way home from school
A nine-year-old boy has managed to escape from a man who grabbed him as he walked home from school.
The youngster kicked the man who had placed his arms around him in the incident which happened in Laburnum Grove, Portsmouth, on September 15.
A Hampshire police spokesman said: "The nine-year-old was in Laburnum Grove when he was approached from behind by an older man he did not know.
"The man placed both arms around the boy. He kicked the man in the leg, causing the man to let go.
"The boy ran off and reported the incident to his parents."
The man is described as white, about 5ft 9in, quite muscular with a skinny face, grey beard and messy grey hair in a bob style.
He was wearing a light grey T-shirt with an emblem, trousers, work boots and a light brown flat cap and also had rings on his left hand and spots on his forehead.
Detective Constable Lorraine Bell said: "This incident happened at the end of the school day so there are likely to have been several people around who may have seen this incident or a man matching this description.
"We would like to speak to anyone who may have seen this man hanging around in the area or who thinks they know who he is.
"At this stage it is not clear what this man's intentions were, but this incident was understandably distressing for the young boy.
"Although this type of incident is rare we have stepped up patrols in the area to reassure residents and would urge anyone with information to contact us."