Man grabbed nine-year-old near north Suffolk village community centre

Schoolgirls aged nine and 11 were approached by a man offering a lift to school near a north Suffolk village community centre.

In the first incident, a nine-year-old girl was walking near the centre in Hinderclay Road, Rickinghall on Wednesday shortly after 8am when she noticed a man sitting in a parked car who got out and offered her a lift before grabbing her wrists.

However, she was able to get free and walk off.

Police would like to speak to a man described as white, aged between 40 and 50, 5ft 11ins tall with a tanned complexion and a long scar on the right side of his face running from the ear to jaw.

He had a long moustache and long black straight hair tied in a ponytail.

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He was wearing a dark blue hooded top with white lettering on the back, baggy light grey trousers and light brown boots. He was also said to have a black glove on one hand with silver studs across the wrist, square dark tinted glasses, a skull and crossbones earring in one ear and was carrying a brown leather bag.

Police have also described a car they would like to trace as a dark blue people carrier with sliding doors and tinted windows at the rear, described as 'dirty and old looking.'

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In the second incident, three girls aged 11 were walking in the same street shortly after 8am when a man ahead of them asked if they would like a lift.

Police would like to speak to a white man, aged late 30s or early 40s and 6ft tall with 'messy' brown dreadlocks tied up at the back of his head.

He was wearing a long tan coloured raincoat, jeans and black work boots and was seen with a woman prior to the incident who is described as white, aged in her early 20s with shoulder length dark brown hair, between 5ft 8ins and 5ft 10ins tall and wearing a long-sleeved purple top and blue jeans.

Anyone with information in relation to these incidents should phone Suffolk Police on 101 quoting the crime numbers ST/12/3446 and ST/12/3445.

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