An e-fit image of a man police are looking to speak with has been released (credit: Met Police)
The suspect approached the 10-year-old twice within a week last November in the Flempton Road area.
On Friday, 18 November, the suspect’s alleged to have first approached and spoken to the young girl.
The man’s alleged to have spoken to the child and grabbed her by the arm during the second occasion on Monday, 21 November.
Police have released an e-fit of the man they’re looking to identify in relation to the incidents.
The man is described as white, in his 40s, around 5ft 9in tall with a medium stocky build, a bald head and a bushy black beard.
He’s said to have a distinctive large black flower tattoo covering the whole of the front of his neck and another tattoo, made up of black lines, covering his left hand.
At the time of the first incident, he’s said to have been wearing a dark blue/black beanie hat and a dark blue zip up hoodie with a hole in.
During the second incident, he’s described as wearing a light grey or white zip up hoodie with short sleeves.
On both occasions, he was wearing grey jogging bottoms and black boots and he was carrying a black backpack with many pockets.
Detective Constable Jaime Thorn from the North East Command Unit, said: “While the girl who was approached in these incidents was not physically hurt, she was understandably shaken and scared by what is alleged to have happened. She continues to struggle with the impact of the experience.
“Certain aspects of the description, in particular the large neck tattoo, are distinctive and I’m confident anyone who knows the person depicted in the image will recognise them. I would urge them to come forward.
“I know that any incidents where children are alleged to have been approached in the street will be a cause for concern in the community. We are in contact with the school to ensure that they have the support they need.
“While officers are keeping an open mind as to the circumstances behind the alleged incidents, initial enquiries suggest the girl was likely not approached at random and that the man may know her or those close to her.
“We have no information to suggest that there is a wider risk to children in the area, although we would always encourage parents or guardians to ensure adequate and appropriate safety measures are in place when children are travelling to and from school or are out on their own.”
Anyone who thinks they knows the person shown in the e-fit image is urged to call 101, giving the reference 4924383/22.
Information can also be provided to Crimestoppers, anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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