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Police hunt after man grabs teenager in Leesland Park in Gosport
3:49pm Thursday 31st October 2013 in News
A MANHUNT is underway today after a 13-year-old girl was grabbed in a Hampshire park.
The frightened teenager heard footsteps behind her before a man grabbed hold of her wrist.
She managed to break free from his grip and ran off before raising the alarm.
The man, who was white, had a deep voice and smelt “unclean”, did not attempt to follow her.
He had a black or green coloured mark on the back of his hand which may have been a tattoo and was wearing grey tracksuit bottoms and white trainers.
Det Sergeant Gemma Hunter said police were maintaining a high presence in Leesland Park, Gosport, where the incident unfolded on Wednesday at 3.50pm.
She said: “We have a high visibility presence in the area, conducting enquiries and providing reassurance.
“This appears to be an isolated incident. However, as a precaution and as darkness is now falling earlier in the day, we would remind everyone to be more aware of their personal safety.
"Try to make sure someone knows where you are and what time you are likely to be home, avoid walking in secluded areas alone in darkness and keep your personal possessions out of sight.”
Anyone with information relating to this incident should contact DS Hunter at Fareham police station on 101, alternatively call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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