A mum has told how her teenage daughter was chased down by a man who then grabbed her in a terrifying ‘attempted abduction’ in North Staffordshire.
The 14-year-old was walking home from a friend’s house in Biddulph when she noticed a man was following close behind.
When the Biddulph High School student picked up the pace, he too quickened his step as she headed from Thames Drive towards Moorland Road.
After breaking into a run, the man started chasing after her until he seized her arm.
The youngster only managed to wrestle herself free when she elbowed him and ‘ran for her life’.
Police have now launched an investigation into the horrifying incident, which happened at around 5.45pm on Monday (September 7).
The suspect – believed to be in his late 30s – was wearing a blue hooded coat and dark tracksuit bottoms with white stripes down the legs.
The mother-of-three, from Biddulph, said: “She was going to head towards Moorland Road through the fields when she noticed this man in a blue hooded coat following her.
“She felt uneasy and started walking faster and when he was still following she broke into a run.
“She thought she had lost him but when she stopped he grabbed her right arm from behind and he was screaming at her. She was so scared she couldn’t tell what he was saying.
“She was screaming for him to get off her. She managed to elbow him and wriggle out of his grip and started running again.
“She didn’t know where she was so rang her friend’s mum who came and picked her up in the car and brought her home to me. She was in an absolute state. She had fear written all over her face.
“She didn’t get a very good look at his face but she reckons he was in his late 30s. She has no idea what he was going to do with her. We think he may have been trying to abduct her. She just panicked and struck out.
“We rang the police and it was while I was on hold on 999 that we saw some officers dealing with another incident. They then came to our house to get some more details. They’ve also taken her coat for forensic analysis.”
The mum added: “I don’t normally let her walk on her own and then the first time I do, this happens. It’s only a 15 or 20-minute walk away and we thought she needed a bit more freedom.
“She’s still very shaken but she wanted to go into school as she didn’t want to be at home thinking about what happened. The school have got a team looking after her.
“I’d just ask other parents to tell the kids to stick to the main roads and walk in pairs if possible. We’s also ask anyone with CCTV in the area to get in touch with the police.
“We’ve been told by the police that incidents like this are very rare, especially in Biddulph.
“Apparently there was a similar incident in Congleton a few weeks back so I’m not sure if they’re linked.”
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Police are now appealing for witnesses and CCTV.
A Staffordshire Police spokeswoman said: “Police are investigating after it was reported that a teenage girl was approached by a man on Thames Drive in Biddulph at around 5.45pm on Monday.
“He is described as tall, in his 30s, wearing a blue tracksuit with the hood up. The girl was not harmed and ran away.
“Officers are carrying out inquiries, including CCTV, to trace the man.”
Anyone with information can report online or call 101, quoting incident number 550 of September 7.