Attempted abduction of girl, 14, in Benchill

A teenage girl managed to struggle free from a man who tried to abduct her as she walked to school in Manchester.

The 14-year-old was on Overdale Road in Benchill between 0815 and 0830 GMT on Friday when a red car pulled up alongside her.

Police said the driver got out and tried to drag the girl into his car, but she fought him off and ran away.

The man got back into the vehicle and drove off towards Lyndene Road.

The girl was uninjured but extremely upset, police said.

They want to hear from a woman in a red coat, who was walking past at the time of the abduction attempt, as officers believe she could have vital information.

'Isolated incident'

Det Con Ed Lister, of Greater Manchester Police, said: "This is a worrying incident in which a man has attempted to drag a schoolgirl into his car.

"Thankfully she managed to get away and was otherwise unharmed. I don't want to alarm anyone unnecessarily but I would just ask parents to remind their children about stranger danger.

"I also want to reassure people that this is an isolated incident.

"We are very keen to speak to the woman who probably witnessed what happened."

The offender is described as mixed race, about 6ft tall, medium build, in his 30s, with black braided hair, a pierced left ear with a stud in it, brown eyes, and was wearing a white t-shirt and dark blue jeans. He smelt strongly of aftershave.

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