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Po­lice are in­ves­ti­gat­ing a re­port of a girl be­ing grabbed by a stranger on her way to school. Po­lice say the 15-year-old was ap­proached by an un­known man while walk­ing in an al­ley­way in One­hunga on July 28. The al­leged in­ci­dent hap­pened be­tween 9.10am and 9.30am.

The girl’s mother says the man grabbed the girl from be­hind while she was walk­ing to catch the bus and told her to keep quiet. The girl was able to free her­self from the of­fender and run away, po­lice say. The in­ci­dent al­legedly oc­curred in an walk­way be­tween San­tos Pl andWai­tangi St. Po­lice are con­tin­u­ing their in­ves­ti­ga­tion and say they will pro­vide more up­dates when they are avail­able. The girl’s mother says she was wor­ried that her daugh­ter had be­come a vic­tim of the ‘‘se­rial groper’’ who has re­port­edly as­saulted a num­ber of women in One­hunga. How­ever she says her daugh­ter’s de­scrip­tion of the man didn’t seem to match that of the groper.

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