Girl assaulted on way to school in Blandford

A man who assaulted an 11-year-old girl as she was walking to school in Dorset is being sought by detectives.

The girl was grabbed by a man as she walked along Higher Shaftesbury Road in Blandford at about 08:40 BST.

The girl was able to run away from the man but suffered minor scratches in the attack, Dorset Police said.

Det Insp Stewart Dipple said: "This is an extremely unusual incident which has caused a great deal of distress to the young girl and her family."

The only description of the attacker is that he is white.

"The man's exact motives are not known at this time", Det Insp Dipple added.

Anyone with information about the attack is asked to contact police.

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