Good Samaritan sought over Bedford sex attack on girl, 13
A man who intervened when a 13-year-old girl was sexually assaulted in Bedford is being sought by police.
The victim was grabbed while she walked along a path beside Woodside Middle School, Putnoe, at 17:20 GMT on Monday.
A man in dark clothing pushed her face first into a fence, claimed he had a weapon, and attacked her.
Police want to trace a "good Samaritan" who stopped the attack by shouting at the offender. The attacker ran off in the direction of Church Lane.
The victim, who was terrified and confused, did not realise the "good Samaritan" was trying to assist her, and ran off in the opposite direction and back home, police said.
She reported what had happened and a full area search was carried out.
CCTV of the surrounding area is also being examined, police added.
Det Ch Insp Mark Ross from the Beds and Herts Major Crime Unit, said: "It is vital we trace the 'good Samaritan' who came to this girl's rescue.
"I urge him to come forward and identify himself to police, or anyone else who may know him as he may have spoken about what he saw.
"If anyone else was in the area at the time and recalls seeing a man running along Church Lane, or acting suspiciously nearby between 5pm and 5.30pm, please contact the police."
"We also appreciate the concern the report of this incident has caused to the local community and would actively encourage everyone to be mindful of their general personal safety."