Man tries to kidnap schoolgirl in Wythenshawe

A man tried to snatch a girl as she walked to school in Manchester.

The teenager was grabbed by the wrist on Greenwood Road in Benchill, Wythenshawe, between Haveley Road and Hollyhedge Road, at about 08:00 GMT.

Police said the man got out of a dark blue van before approaching the girl, who managed to break free and run off.

Parents have been warned about the attack and police officers visited local schools on Friday to make sure pupils take care in the area.

Ch Supt Rob Potts said: "I would like to inform people that we have increased police patrols and have also visited schools in the local area to provide them with reassurance.

"Our aim is to provide an appropriate visible police presence and offer safety advice.

"We are taking this incident very seriously and a thorough investigation is taking place."

Anyone with information is being urged to contact police or Crimestoppers.

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