AN 11-year-old girl was grabbed by the wrist by an unknown man in Bournemouth.

The schoolgirl was walking near to the junction of Luther Road and Cranmer Road in Winton between 8am and 8.15am today when the incident happened.

The man did not say anything and the girl pushed him away before running off to school, where she alerted teachers who then contacted police.

She was not injured.

The man is described as white and clean shaven.

Detective Sergeant Ian Allen, of Bournemouth CID, said: “While the man’s intentions are not clear at this stage, this was obviously a concerning incident for the girl involved and we are making a number of enquiries including investigating CCTV opportunities in the area.

“I am also appealing for any witnesses and for anyone who may have been travelling in the area around the relevant time and has dashcam fitted to their vehicles to check their footage and contact us if they see anything suspicious.

“Officers will be increasing patrols in the area and can be approached with any concerns.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Dorset Police at, via email or by calling 101, quoting occurrence number 55180089943