Warnings have been issued after a teenage girl fought off a man who tried to grab her from the street in broad daylight and stuff her into his white van.The 15-year-old was walking down Priory Street in Colchester, Essex, at 3pm on Wednesday when she was saw a white van, which could have been a Ford Courier or Renault Kangoo. Suddenly one of the two men inside the vehicle jumped out and grabbed her arm firmly. In a bid to get away she kicked the man who in his surprise let her go.
Essex Police are now hunting for the man and have asked anybody who saw the assault to contact them on 101. The incident came after schools and parents were put on high alert after men in white vans were seen in March trying to abduct boys in three separate incidents within miles of each other in Kent.
In one incident the transit van pulled up at the side of the road before a terrified 10-year-old was ordered to get in. The boy ran off and told his parents, who called the police. The next day another 12-year-old boy was chased by what police believe to be the same man at 3.40pm.