Man tries to grab teenage girl in East Dean

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POLICE are appealing for witnesses after man attempted to grab a teenage girl in East Dean.

The victim was walking along Charlton Road at about 4.30pm on Sunday, October 26, when a red Ford KA pulled up alongside her and the man inside told her to get into his car, police said.

When she refused the man attempted to grab her arm but she pushed him away and ran to the nearby Fox Goes Free pub, where she raised the alarm. The man drove away.

The man was white, in his late 20s or early 30s and about 5ft 7in with short brown nearly black hair.

He had a black bushy beard and was wearing a black t-shirt and blue jeans.

The car was dented and dirty and had black bumpers.

Detective constable Gaye Moore said: “The teenager is very upset about what happened and we urgently need to trace the man involved.

“Thankfully she is not injured although she is badly shaken. We do not yet know what the man’s intentions were but we need to find him.

“At this stage there is nothing to suggest this is linked to any other crimes but I would urge the public to be vigilant and to tell us if they see a man and a vehicle that matches the descriptions the victim has given us.”

Extra patrols are currently taking place in the area and enquiries are ongoing.

Anyone with information should email quoting serial 1055 of 26/10, call 101 or contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.