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Wigan woodland girl's attacker sought by police

A man who grabbed a girl as she played in woods in Wigan is being sought by police.

The man chased the 14-year-old, tripped her up, and told her "running won't help", before he was scared off by two women passers-by.

The assault happened off Carr Lane, Hawkley Hall, on 31 May at about 2000 BST.

Police are trying to find the two women, who may be a mother and daughter.

Pc Paul Fairhurst said: "The girl is understandably upset at what happened and I am keen to hear from anyone who was in the area at the time, particularly the two people who appear to have disturbed the offender.

"The girl has been able to give us a very good description of this man and if you think you know who he is please get in touch."

The man is described as white, aged between 50 and 60, 5ft 10ins tall, of medium build with grey, curly hair and a tan.

He was wearing a flat cap, leather jacket and carrying a dark grey mountain bike.

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