Stranger tried to kiss and grab teen girl

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POLICE are searching for a man acting suspiciously in two incidents believed to be linked.

The first victim was a 16-year-old girl who was walking with her younger brother on Swinley Road at around 3.30pm on Thursday, September 24.

We are very concerned by this man’s behaviour, and I would ask anyone who may have seen him in the area or if you believe you have been approached by him, to call police

DE Peter Carletti

A man approached her and tried to talk to her before grabbing her by the shoulder and kissing her.

She crossed the road in an attempt to get away from him but he followed and grabbed her again. She struggled free from his grasp and the man then walked off in the direction of Wigan Lane.

An 18-year-old woman standing on Wigan Lane then reported a man caught up with her and tried to talk to her as she was turning into Duke Street at about 5.30pm on the same day.

He grabbed her hand but she managed to break free and he ran off in the opposite direction.

He is described as being in his 30s or 40s and around 5ft 10ins tall, with tanned or olive skin and short dark hair, wearing a red baseball cap with a Just Eat logo on the front and a pale polo shirt.

DS Peter Carletti from Greater Manchester Police (GMP) said: “We are very concerned by this man’s behaviour, and I would ask anyone who may have seen him in the area or if you believe you have been approached by him, to call police.”

Anyone with information should ring GMP on 0161 856 7124 or call independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.