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Hunt continues after school girl grabbed

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 1/03/2017

Police are still hunting for a man who tried to grab an 11-year-old Auckland school girl off the street.

The girl managed to break free after being grabbed by a man who had followed her for about 200 metres on the way to school in St Heliers on Tuesday morning.

Police say they have since spoken to a number of people and are following leads.

Officers have also been carrying out extra patrols in the area to reassure the community.

"The victim is being supported by police and is doing well given the circumstances," police said.

They said the girl was shaken but not injured.

Detective Inspector Scott Beard said the man followed the girl on St Heliers Bay Road and, when she arrived at her school, he came up from behind her and grabbed her.

The man is described as possibly in his 40s, tall and of solid build, and has a cut on the top of a wrist and a piercing in his right eyebrow.

He was wearing a blue top with short sleeves and black pants, possibly track pants.

"We continue to ask anyone who was in the wider area near St Heliers School between 7.30am and 9am and witnessed any suspicious activity to contact police," he said.

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