A 12-year-old girl escaped the clutches of a middle aged man who attacked her from behind as she walked home from school in Linslade yesterday.
The Linslade Middle School pupil was pulled backwards by the man, but as he tried to put his hand over her mouth and pull her away from the path, she bit him and managed to break free.
It happened at the junction of Mentmore Road and Wing Road at around 3.50pm.
Bedfordshire Police arrived quickly onto the scene, but the offender - who has been described as a white, skinny male, five feet nine inches tall, between 35 and 45 years old with a ‘country’ possibly Somerset accent - had already left the area.
He was wearing dark clothing, possibly a ‘Superdry’ coat with the hood up, and gloves.
Linslade Middle are asking parents and pupils to be “extra vigilant” as they make their way to and from school and say they will be working closely with the police who will patrol locally before and after school for the next week.
A Beds Police spokesman said: “We received a report on Tuesday afternoon that a man had approached a 12-year-old girl from behind at the junction of Mentmore Road and Wing Road in Linslade.
“It appears that the offender tried to put his hand around the girl’s mouth and pull her away from the path but she bravely bit the man, ran away and raised the alarm.
“Members of the Local Policing Team have contacted schools in the area to warn them of this incident and we would encourage everyone to remain extra vigilant and to report any suspicious activity to Detective Constable Colin Knight on 01582 394069.”