A brave 10-year-old battled an attacker after he tried to drag her away as she walked to school.
The terrifying incident saw the victim seized around the waist by a man in north Birmingham on Tuesday morning.
She kicked out and screamed, causing her attacker to flee a grassy area in Sandy Lane, Perry Barr.
The schoolgirl is ‘understandably shaken’ but safe and is being supported by police.
A manhunt has been launched to find the culprit, described as around 20 years old, tall and thin.
He was wearing all black clothing, including a cap, leather gloves and big boots.
The man also wore a mesh-type mask and carried a black rucksack during the incident at 8.15am.
West Midlands Police said: ‘The girl has bravely given us a statement to assist our investigation.
‘We’re trawling local CCTV and enquiries are ongoing, we’d ask anyone who was in the area and may have seen a man matching this description to contact us.
‘Fortunately incidents like this are extremely rare, but we’ve increased patrols in the area and our schools link officer has attended the nearby school to offer reassurance and advice.’
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