Man tries to kidnap girl, 12, in Rochford, Essex

A man attempted to kidnap a 12-year-old girl at knifepoint as she was walking along a street in Essex.

The incident happened at 1200 BST on Friday in the street called Ashcombe, near its junction with Holt Farm Way in Rochford.

The girl was walking towards nearby shops when the man grabbed her, held a gloved hand over her mouth and threatened her with a knife.

Police said she was able to kick out at the man and run off.

He is described as white, about 6ft (1.8m) tall with short dark brown hair and was wearing a light blue T-shirt and jeans.

'Extremely worrying'

Police scoured the area and made house-to-house enquiries but no one was found.

Detectives want to hear from anyone who was in the area and has any information about the man described.

Det Sgt Bob Evans said: "This is an extremely worrying incident that happened in broad daylight. We need to find the man responsible.

"The girl remembers an elderly woman pushing a shopping trolley in the area at the time of the incident and I appeal for that woman or anyone else with information to contact me."

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