Teen fights off attempted kidnapper after man tried to grab her off the street

A TEENAGE girl fought off an attempted kidnapper after he tried to pull her into a muddy car.

The girl, aged in her mid-teens, was walking to school in Waltham Forest, east London on Wednesday, June 16 when a car stopped near her.

A man she did not know got out of the passenger seat and grabbed her before she managed to get away.

The teen, not injured by the incident, then ran to school and told staff what happened.

The suspect is described as Asian, aged about 20, of medium build (6ft tall) with short black hair.

He was wearing a grey t-shirt, dark blue jeans, black trainers and a black face mask.

The car involved was described as a white Kia with five doors, a dirty appearance with muddy tyres.

The driver of the vehicle was not described.

Detective Superintendent Jodie Tuff said: “Thankfully no one was injured in this incident but I fully understand how much anxiety this will cause.

“I want to assure our community that investigating this incident is a priority, officers have been out making enquiries and gathering evidence, and that evidence will be fast-tracked. In the meantime, we are making sure our officers are fully briefed about the incident and we are mounting extra patrols to both reassure and keep people safe.

“We are liaising closely with our partners and we will keep them and our community updated when there are any developments. Lastly I would ask anyone with information to contact us and please call 999 if you see anything suspicious.”

Any witnesses or anyone with any information is asked to call police on 101 or contact via Twitter @MetCC. Please quote CAD 1851/16JUN

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