UPDATED: Police continue hunt for man who grabbed and kissed 11-year-old schoolgirl in Bournemouth assault (From Bournemouth Echo)
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UPDATED: Police continue hunt for man who grabbed and kissed 11-year-old schoolgirl in Bournemouth assault
POLICE are hunting a man who grabbed an 11-year-old girl and kissed her before she broke free and raised the alarm.
The schoolgirl ran home following the frightening incident in Winton in Bournemouth.
Now police have launched an appeal for information in a bid to track down the offender.
And the victim’s mum has warned others to be on their guard.
The worried mum put a message on Facebook which says: “Please pass this on. After school my 11-year-old daughter was assaulted by an Asian man, around 30-years-old.
“He followed her from the top of Winton to East Avenue and assaulted her. I feel sick to the pit of my stomach that there are such people about.
“Please watch your children because I would not want anyone to feel like I do.”
The girl was walking along Wimborne Road towards East Avenue at 2.20pm on Wednesday September 25 when she was approached by the man.
He attempted to engage her in conversation before putting his arm around her and kissing her, said police.
The victim was not injured in the incident.
Local councillor Andrew Morgan has described the attack as “very serious” and said he will be raising the matter with police in the area.
He and fellow councillors Stephen Chappell and Lynda Price will meet officers next week.
“It is for the police to try to catch the alleged offender and make sure it doesn’t happen again” said Cllr Morgan.
“I am very concerned about this and will raise it actively with the police. It is important for children to be independent and for parents to give them appropriate advice.”
Inspector Mike Claxton, Bournemouth North Neighbourhood Inspector, said the victim described the offender as of Asian appearance, around 30-years-old, of medium build and with short, dark hair.
“He was wearing an old, grey, V-neck, long sleeved sweater and had a blue bicycle with flat handlebars with him” he added.
Anyone with information about the incident or the offender is asked to call Dorset Police in confidence on 101 quoting log number 25:277 or the free and anonymous Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111. Mobile phone tariffs may apply.
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