Schoolgirl escapes golf path attacker

The scene of the attack in Ansdell and (below) an image police have released of a man they want to speak to.
The scene of the attack in Ansdell and (below) an image police have released of a man they want to speak to.
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THIS is the scene where a 13-year-old girl was attacked as she walked along a path on her way home from school.

The girl was walking along the path which runs from Links View and Worsley Road, across Royal Lytham St Annes Golf Course and onto Arundel Road in Ansdell when she was approached from behind by an elderly man at around 5pm on Thursday.

Evo-fit of a man police want to speak to in connection with inappropriately touching a 13-year-old girl in Ansdell on Friday, November 9.

Evo-fit of a man police want to speak to in connection with inappropriately touching a 13-year-old girl in Ansdell on Friday, November 9.

Police say the man touched her leg and grabbed her around the neck.

The girl struggled free and immediately ran back to school to report what happened.

Det Insp Tony Baxter said: “The girl was not injured but was understandably very shaken and scared.

“This is a worrying incident but I would reassure people that assaults of this nature are rare and we have stepped up patrols in the area.

“The girl was upset by it but she is OK and wasn’t harmed.

“We put reassurance patrols out straight away on Thursday night but are relying on someone recognising the description.

“We have had one call so far and are following that up.

“I would appeal to anybody that witnessed this incident or who recognises the description of the man to come forward and speak with police.”

The man is described as being white, over 5ft 9in tall, aged around 60-years-old and spoke with a local accent with a deep voice.

He is of large build with a very pale complexion, white hair and was wearing a waist length cream coat with a green flat cap.

One potential name given to police was eliminated from the enquiries over the weekend.

Detectives are appealing for anyone with information to contact them on 101.

People with information can also contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or on-line at Crimestoppers-uk.org.

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