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Schools on alert after teenage girl attacked

PUBLISHED: 12:48 26 May 2010 | UPDATED: 11:43 23 August 2010

SCHOOL students are on alert after a 15-year-old girl was attacked by a man on a recreation ground. The girl was walking across The Warren, Valley Drive, Gravesend, at about 8.30am on Tuesday when a man tried to drag her in to the bushes. Police said her

SCHOOL students are on alert after a 15-year-old girl was attacked by a man on a recreation ground.

The girl was walking across The Warren, Valley Drive, Gravesend, at about 8.30am on Tuesday when a man tried to drag her in to the bushes.

Police said her attacker went past on his bicycle and disappeared around a corner, she then saw his bike on the ground as he asked for the time.

It is thought he lunged and tried to pull her into the bush but after a struggle she escaped.

A police spokesperson said: "He did not make any reference to his intentions, although the girl was extremely scared."

Ten schools in the area were alerted and asked to warn pupils to be extra vigilant on their way home in the evening and again on their way into school on Wednesday morning.

Police have ruled out any connection with a series of incidents which happened across Northfleet and Gravesend in January when there were reports of children being approached by a man in a car.

The girl's attacker is white, aged 20 to 27, with short dark hair and big brown eyes. He was clean-shaven and slim, wearing a dark jacket and jeans.

The man had a dark-coloured mountain bike with thin tyres and big wheels and came from the direction of shops in Livingstone Road.

Call police on 01622 690690 or call Crimestoppers 0800 555111.

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