A MANHUNT has been launched for a sinister prowler who tried to kidnap a Wigan schoolgirl.
The fiend grabbed the terrified teenager as she played in woods and, chillingly, told her: “Running won’t help.”
Police today appealed for witnesses to the attack which was, mercifully, interrupted by two passers-by.
Investigating officers particularly urged these two people to come forward because they could have vital evidence.
The incident happened at about 8pm on Tuesday, May 31, as the girl played in woodland off Carr Lane, Hawkley Hall. The stranger grabbed the victim’s clothing and tripped her over, telling her: “Running won’t help.”
But he then ran off when he was disturbed by the two walkers.
They are described as two women, who the girl thought might have been a mother and daughter.
The prowler is described as white, between 50 and 60 years old, 5ft 10ins tall, of medium build with grey curly hair and a tan.
He was wearing a flat cap, leather jacket and carrying a dark grey mountain bike.
PC Paul Fairhurst, from the Pemberton Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “The girl is understandably upset at what happened and I am keen to hear from anyone who was in the area at the time, particularly the two people who appear to have disturbed the offender.
“The girl has been able to give us a very good description of this man and, if you think you know who he is, please get in touch.”
Anyone with information is asked to call police on 0161 856 7129, or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.