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Police stranger danger warning after schoolgirl lured away in Brierley Hill
10:48am Wednesday 2nd October 2013 in News
A YOUNG girl escaped unhurt after being lured to grassland in Brierley Hill by a man claiming to be searching for a dog.
The incident happened in Lockfield Close at 2pm on Saturday September 28 when the eight-year-old was approached by a cyclist who started a conversation - and then showed her a mobile phone image of a dog he said had disappeared.
She walked with him to an area behind Harrison Road and onto the green between Blackthorn Road and Swanfield Road where he touched her inappropriately over her clothing.
Detective Constable Nadine Harding, from West Midlands Police, said: "The young girl has done brilliantly in providing us with information, including detail like the rear mudguard on his bike and that he had a back-pack.
"And she did exactly the right thing in running off and telling her parents. She wasn't injured but she was very upset and no doubt confused at what had happened."
The man spoke with a Black Country accent, is in his mid-20s, around five-feet-six with short, straight brown hair, brown eyes and clean shaven; he had a back-pack and his bike had a noticeable rear mudguard.
Dc Harding added: "Incidents like this are very rare but nonetheless it's still important parents stress to their children never to go off with strangers no matter how friendly or sincere they appear to be, and no matter what they are saying."
Anyone with information is asked to contact the duty sergeant at Sandwell and Dudley Police's Public Protection Unit via the 101 number.
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