Girl shaken after man grabs her and tells her to get into car

AN 11-year-old girl escaped after having her arm grabbed by a man in Aveley High Street yesterday afternoon.

Essex Police reported that the man had told her to get into a car nearby, but she ran off. The incident happened at around 3.15pm. The girl was shaken, but unharmed.

The man was described as white, aged in his 30s and with a beard. The make and model of the car are unknown.

Police believe this is an isolated incident however there are additional patrols in the area to provide reassurance and anyone with concerns is asked to speak to officers.

Witnesses to the incident or anyone who was driving in the area at the time and has dash cam footage is asked to contact police at Grays on 101 quoting reference 42/161616/17.