A HEADTEACHER today warned pupils to be vigilant after a teenager was attacked on an isolated path.
The 13-year-old girl was cutting across Royal Lytham and St Annes Golf Course when she was approached and grabbed by an older man.
Police have stepped up patrols in the area since the attack on Thursday evening, and now Lytham St Annes High Technology and Performing Arts College – where the girl is a pupil – has warned students to be careful when leaving the Worsley Road school in the dark.
Headteacher Philip Wood said: “It was a shocking incident, the girl came back to school about 5pm and there was still a lot of staff around.
“It was reported to the police and I subsequently put a letter out to students and parents with some general advice about staying safe.
“Things like this are very rare so we’ve just reminded pupils to stay on well-lit routes, try and walk home in groups and if they are frightened to make a lot of noise and shout for help.
“And they can always come back to school and there will be someone here.”
The path runs between Worsley Road and Arundel Road, in Ansdell, and the girl was walking down it at around 5pm when she was approached by the man, who grabbed her around the neck and touched her leg.
Police have since issued a computer generated image of the attacker and are appealing for residents to come forward and identify him.
He is described as white, over 5ft 9ins tall, aged around 60 and spoke with a deep, local accent.
And Det Sgt Nick Connaughton, of Blackpool CID, said a couple of potential names had been passed on to police – but they still want residents to help.
He added: “We’re continuing with patrols in the area, particularly around that time of the day.”