Child snatcher targets two 11-year-old schoolgirls and tries to drag one off East London street

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A ‘CHUBBY’ child snatcher targeted two 11-year-old schoolgirls – attempting to drag one of them off an East London street.

The youngsters were approached by a man in Newham as they walked to school.


Police are hunting a man who tried to drag a schoolgirl off a street in East London[/caption]

Cops are now calling for anyone who knows more about the shocking incident to speak to them urgently.

PC Harry Albon of the Met Police said the girls had been walking in Woolwich Manor Way at 8.10am when a man who was swigging from a bottle walked up to them.

The thug grabbed one of the victims by the arm and tried to drag her away with him.

But her brave friend refused to let go of her – and the girls eventually managed to get free before running away.

The officer said: “Although the girls were not physically harmed, they were understandably shaken by this incident.

“At the time the girls were approached there were a number of young people on their way to school who may have seen the victims struggling to get away from the suspect.

“It is important that those people make themselves known to police and share what they saw.”

Detectives say they’re looking for a black man with short dark hair who is aged around 30, is 6ft tall and was of medium or chubby build.

He was wearing a navy blue knitted hat, dark grey coat, black jogging bottoms, a black T-shirt and possibly a navy-blue gilet.

Police are continuing their investigations into the incident, which happened on November 19, but no arrests have been made.

PC Albon said: “Officers from North East Command Unit continue in their efforts to identify the man.

“They are working closely with the school to ensure that both staff and pupils are supported, and that the male is identified and apprehended without delay.”

Anyone who has more information is urged to contact police on 101 quoting incident quoting 2606/19NOV.

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