Man in white van attempted to grab schoolgirl

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Police are warning parents and children to be vigilant after a man attempted to grab a 12-year-old girl on her way to school.

The terrifying incident happened on Tuesday (January 19) at around 7.45am.

The girl was walking along Fernhurst Road in Kirkby, when a man got out the passenger side of a white van and encouraged her to approach him before getting hold of her.

The girl managed to break free and ran off to school.

She reported the incident to a teacher who contacted the police and enquiries are being carried out in a bid to identify the two men who were in the van and establish the exact circumstances of the incident.

Det Insp Paul Grounds said: "I would like to reassure the local community that we take all incidents of this nature extremely seriously, although they are thankfully rare.

“The girl was unnerved by what happened and did exactly the right thing by running away and telling an adult as soon as possible.

"The incident took place at a time where people will have been on the way to school and work, and it is likely that other people may have witnessed the incident.

“I would urge anyone who may have information to get in touch and we will look into all information provided.

“Neighbourhood officers regularly visit schools to work alongside teachers in giving children appropriate stranger danger advice and we would encourage parents to support the schools and ourselves by reinforcing the safety messages to ensure their child’s safety.”

Anyone who witnessed the incident should contact Knowsley CID on (0151) 777 6561, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.