AN ASIAN man was being hunted by police today after a broad daylight sex attack on a 13-year-old girl. The brave schoolgirl managed to escape by punching her attacker and running for her life along a busy street in Blackburn, Lancashire.
Shocking CCTV footage shows the harrowing moment the teenage girl fought off the sex attacker after he grabbed her from behind in the street.
A man was seen following the 13-year-old girl around 7pm on Wednesday June 14.
After catching up with her, he appears to strike up a conversation and the pair are pictured walking away from CCTV cameras along the footpath.
But in the next clip, the girl is sprinting away from the attacker as he chases after he down the road.As he grabs her from behind the pair disappear from view for a few seconds, before the man runs off back in the direction he came from. In later footage, he is seen sauntering down the street with one hand in his pocket as if nothing had happened.
A man wanted in connection with the incident is described as Asian, around 20-years-old, of slim build with black hair that was longer on top. He was wearing black rimmed glasses.DC Lisa Bennett, of Burnley CID, said: “This is a shocking incident where a 13-year-old girl has been sexually assaulted by a man who caught up with her as she was walking along the pavement and began to talk to her. “Thankfully she was able to fight the man off and run away.”Our investigation remains on-going and we are really keen to hear from anyone who was in the area at the time or recognises the man pictured in the footage.”It is vital that we trace this man and if you can help us with our enquiries, then please get in touch with us as soon as possible.”