A TEENAGER managed to force off a man who approached her as she walked home from school.
The 13-year-old girl was grabbed by the man but managed to push him off and get away.
She was uninjured but shaken by the incident.
Detectives want to hear from anyone who may have seen the man, who is described as white, around 6ft 1ins tall, and of average build with a bit of a belly.
He is believed to be aged between late 40s and mid 50s, with short, dark brown and greyish coloured curly hair, bushy eyebrows, and was wearing a brown coat.
Local Safer Neighbourhood teams are patrolling the footpath that runs behind Christ the King College in Newport, Isle of Wight.
The incident happened at around 3.45pm yesterday.
Anyone with information can contact Newport CID on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.