Girl, 12, 'sexually touched' by man at bus stop before brave have-a-go hero rushes to her rescue | The Sun

A YOUNG girl was 'sexually touched' by a man at a bus stop, before a heroic bystander stepped in to save her.

Essex Police confirmed that they have launched an investigation over allegations of a man assaulting the 12-year-old girl in Southend, Essex.

Cops say the girl was sat on a bench near the C/D stand of Southend bus depot when the man, who was already sat in the area, began to touch her inappropriately.

A bus was reportedly unloading right next to them at the time.

It is understood that a woman confronted the attacker and began to argue with him, which allowed the girl to escape and raise the alarm.

The suspect was described as a white man in his 60s with short, grey hair.


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He was also described as wearing a pinstriped suit and black jacket.

The incident occurred on October 29 at around 2pm.

Police are appealing for any witnesses to come forward.

PC Kathryn Willett, of Southend CID, said: "We believe this was an isolated incident, but we are really keen to trace this suspect and arrest him.

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"Quite simply his actions were criminal and his young victim was understandably distressed by this incident."

She added: "We are really keen to speak to the brave member of the public who stepped in."

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Anyone with information can contact Essex Police by calling 101 and quoting investigation reference 42/267424/22.

Those who wish to give information anonymously can contact independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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