Girl, 12, foils abduction attempt

POLICE are hunting a man who allegedly tried to abduct a young girl in Westborough on Tuesday afternoon.

The 12-year-old girl was on Russell Street – between Staincliffe Road and Brunswick Street – at 2.09pm when she was approached and grabbed by a man who had been driving a black panel van.

The girl screamed and kicked him, causing the man to let her go and flee in the vehicle. Witnesses saw the  van being driven away from the area.

The attacker was described as Asian, with a skinny build, in his 30s, and wearing all-black clothing, including a hoodie and jeans.

Police attended and are appealing for witnesses.

Det Insp Mark Walker, of Kirklees District CID, said: “While we understand that this incident may cause some concern in the wider community, we would stress that this appears to be an isolated incident and the motives behind this man’s actions are unclear.

“Anyone who has witnessed this incident, saw this man in the area and saw anything suspicious which could help our enquiries, please call Kirklees CID via 101, quoting log number 878 of 21/2.”

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