Man grabs schoolgirl in Rickinghall

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Police are appealing for witnesses after two incidents of schoolgirls being approached by a man in Rickinghall.

Both happened in Hunderclay Road yesterday morning and in one case a girl was grabbed.

The first took place between 8am-8.15am as a nine-year-old girl was walking near to the community centre.

A man who had been sitting in a parked vehicle got out and approached her, offering her a lift to school, which she declined.

He grabbed her wrists but she was able to get free.

He is described as white, aged between 40-50 years old, around 5ft 11in tall, with a tanned complexion.

He had a long scar on the right side of his face running from his ear to the jawbone, a long moustache and long black straight hair worn up in a ponytail or bun.

The man was wearing a dark blue hooded top with white lettering on the back, baggy light grey trousers and light brown boots.

He wore a black glove on one hand with silver studs across the wrist, square dark tinted glasses, had a skull and crossbones earring in one ear and was carrying a brown leather bag.

His car was ‘dirty and looked old’ and is described as a dark blue people carrier with sliding doors and dark tinted windows at the back.

The second incident happened at around 8.10am when three 11-year-old girls were approached by a man who asked if they would like a lift. They declined and walked off.

The man is described as white, aged late thirties to early forties, approximately 6ft tall, with messy brown ‘dread locks’ tied up at the back of his head.

He was wearing a long tan coloured raincoat, jeans and black work boots.

A woman was seen with the man before and after the incident. She is described as white, in her early twenties, with shoulder length dark brown hair, between 5ft 8in to 5ft 10in tall and was wearing a purple long-sleeved top and blue jeans.

It is unknown at this stage if the two incidents are linked.

Anyone with information should call Suffolk Police on 101, quoting the crime numbers ST/12/3446 and ST/12/3445.