Police hunting man for attempted abduction of 10-year-old girl in Stoneleigh
Police are hunting a man who tried to abduct a 10-year-old girl in broad daylight on Saturday.
The incident took place at 11.45am, on October 20, at the junction of Clandon Close and Briarwood Road, in Stoneleigh, when the girl was approached by a man driving a silver car.
The man got out of the vehicle and attempted to pull the girl towards the car, but she pushed him away and ran from the area. The man then got back into the car and drove away.
The man was white, in his late 20s or early 30s, around 5ft 11ins, with curly brown hair with specks of grey. He has an athletic build, and his top row of teeth were damaged and several were missing.
The car he was driving is described as a silver saloon with tinted windows which had a number of dents in the bodywork.
Following the incident, police officers carried out a thorough search of the surrounding area and extensive house-to-house enquiries, and are now carrying out additional high visibility patrols in Stoneleigh.
Detective Inspector Oana King said: "This was a serious incident where a young girl was approached whilst walking home alone and we are investigating this matter as a priority.
"Fortunately, the girl was not injured during the incident but this was obviously a hugely upsetting experience for her and we are doing everything possible to identify the man involved and the vehicle he was driving.
"We have today released an electronic image of a man who we would like to speak to in connection with the incident as he may be able to provide vital information to assist with this ongoing investigation.
"Whilst this incident was clearly concerning, it is important to stress that offences of this nature are rare in Surrey and we are doing everything possible to bring the man responsible to justice.
"Surrey Police officers are carrying out additional high visibility patrols in Stoneleigh and I would urge anyone who may have seen or heard anything out of the ordinary on Saturday morning to contact Surrey Police as a matter of urgency."
Anyone with information should call the police on 101, quoting reference EP/12/4133, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.